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July 7, 2016
Andy Davis

Though it's not the least-stressed place to live, Iowa City again has held its own in a national ranking, this time of the healthiest cities in the nation.

The city was ranked No. 5 of 50, beaten again by Boulder, Colo., which took the No. 4 spot as most healthy and the No. 1 spot as least-stressed.

Iowa City's fifth-place ranking comes from an examination by financial news and opinion company 24/7 Wall St. of health factors and health outcomes from the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program. The program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Iowa City earned its rank with a premature death rate of about 249 per 100,000 residents, an obesity rate of 23.7 percent and a median household income of $55,030.

The report said a low unemployment percentage, about 2.7 percent of the workforce, and the amount of Iowa City adults without health insurance, about 6 percent, also contributed to the top five spot.

The report went on to say that only 5.8 percent of those ineligible for Medicare in Iowa City do not have health insurance, less that half of the 11.8 percent uninsured rate nationally, and only 8 percent of children in Iowa City live below the poverty line.

Iowa City's ranking came in at two below fellow Iowa city, Ames, which had a premature death rate of about 214 per 100,000 residents, and adult obesity rate of 25.6 percent and a median household income of $51,270.

Rochester, Minn., nabbed the top ranking, followed by San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara in California.

See the full report here: The healthiest cities in America

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