Cities With Physically Active Residents Make More Money
June 9, 2015
When those ‘fittest city’ rankings come out each year, here’s another reason you might want yours to make the list: Besides boasting healthier residents, the city itself may be more economically productive, have higher property values and better school performance than cities with sedentary populations. A report from the University of California analyzed 500 studies from 17 countries and found that for every $1.50 invested in city-funded walking and biking projects, the city reaped a $20 return. Some reasons for this include a boost in local trade, less traffic congestion, reduced pollution and the fact that active employees, on average, take off a week less from work each year. Do you live in a city that promotes an active lifestyle? In what ways do you see it impacting your and your fellow residents’ health? Share your experience in the comments.