The Best Cities in America for Sleep, Health, Money, More

See which cities topped recent polls to rank highest in personal job satisfaction, favorable cost of living, excellent parking spots, and more.

By Meera Jagannathan
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    Most well rested

    Which city is most well rested, according to data from Dr. Oz's RealAge Test?

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    Most well rested

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It also has the lowest hypertension rate in the country.

    Source: ShareCare, Inc.

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    Healthiest

    Which city is healthiest, according to a composite of preventive health behaviors, chronic disease levels, and access to health care?

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    Healthiest

    Minneapolis, Minnesota. It also ranks as the fittest, and often tops lists of the happiest cities in America.

    Source: 2013 American Fitness Index report

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    Most educated

    Which city is most educated, with a staggering 27.3 percent of residents holding professional or doctoral degrees?

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    Most educated

    Bethesda, Maryland, where you can find the headquarters for Lockheed Martin. It also has shown up on recent lists as one of the best cities for finding a job.

    Source: NerdWallet

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    Best parking

    Which city scored highest for parking, taking into account price of parking and likelihood of vehicle theft?

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    Best parking

    Boise, Idaho, which also tops many lists as one of the best places to raise a family.

    Source: NerdWallet

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    Lowest cost of living

    Which city had the lowest cost of living in the third quarter of 2013, based on housing, utilities, transportation, groceries, and other factors?

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    Lowest cost of living

    Norman, Oklahoma, in the heart of Tornado Alley.

    Source: Council for Community and Economic Research

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    Highest well-being

    Which region ranked highest for overall well-being, based on life evaluation, emotional and physical health, work environment, and more? 

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    Highest well-being

    Provo-Orem area, Utah. The area also has the lowest smoking rate.

    Source: 2013 Gallup-Healthways survey

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    Highest job satisfaction

    Which region scored 93 percent on job satisfaction, far higher than the national average of 86 percent? 

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    Highest job satisfaction

    Utica-Rome area, New York. Interestingly, about 125 of AmeriCU Credit Union's 285 employees work here.

    Source: 2013 Gallup-Healthways Survey

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    Most likely to feel safe walking alone at night

    In which area do almost 86 percent of residents feel safe walking unaccompanied after dark, compared to the national average of 70.5 percent? 

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    Most likely to feel safe walking alone at night

    Holland-Grand Haven area, Michigan, which borders Lake Michigan.

    Source: 2013 Gallup-Healthways survey

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    Most confident in the economy

    Which two cities tied for economic confidence, based on confidence in the current state of the U.S. economy and perceptions of the economy's direction?

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    Most confident in the economy

    San Jose, California and Washington, D.C.—balancing out on opposite coasts.

    Source: Gallup Economic Confidence Index

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