Women’s Health, Yelp Rank ABQ a Top City for Quality of Life

Farm-fresh food, outdoor activities, vibrant social scene cited in study

Women’s Health magazine this week listed Albuquerque among “The Wellthiest Cities in America.”  By its definition that means we are lucky enough to live in one of healthiest, happiest, outdoors-iest, Zen-iest places in the country.

The magazine admits that “there are a healthy number of ‘healthiest cities in America’ lists. Lists that celebrate locations teeming with gyms and doctors and parks. Lovely lists, really.

“But we wanted to celebrate wellthy zip codes. Places that have all of the above but also nail that elusive quality-of-life thing—restaurants with farm-fresh food, landscapes that energize and calm you, and lots of opportunities to stay social. Albuquerque is a healthy and outdoorsy place to live,” stated the magazine at http://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/wellthiest-cities-2017-events.

The author also refers to the city’s exceptional 310 days of sunshine a year, leading locals to regularly strive for outdoor adventures.

While the article lists the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, ABQ BioPark, kayaking in the Rio Grande and bouldering at U-Mound in the Sandia Mountains foothills as hot spots, the magazine does not mention that Albuquerque is a mile-high city with elevations ranging from 5,000 to 6,000 feet. The 10,678-foot Sandia Peak is just minutes from downtown. Its surrounding foothills provide miles and miles of hike and bike trails as well as plenty of runs for skiing and snowboarding at Sandia Peak Ski Area & Tramway.

Howie Kaibel, community director and marketing director for Yelp Albuquerque, told the Albuquerque Journal: “It’s no wonder that active people thrive in the 505.”

“Wellthiest” cities of America:

Albuquerque, N.M.
Portland, Ore.
Berkeley, Calif.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Newton, Mass.
Henderson, Nev.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Anchorage, Alaska
Austin, Texas
Durham, N.C.
Boulder, Colo.
Phoenix, Ariz.
Milwaukee, Wisc.
Overland Park, Kan.
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Source: Women’s Health

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