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Physicians, APs: Here are the Healthiest Cities in Connecticut and Delaware

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A recent study by the team over at 24/7 Wall St. unveiled the healthiest cities in every state across the country. The information they’ve uncovered is invaluable for the job-seeking physician and advanced practitioner, especially as you research the geographic location of your choice or as you look to relocate to another state.

The healthiest city in Connecticut is the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Metro Area.

The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk metro area isn’t just an exception in its state; it’s an exception nationwide, ranking as one of the country’s healthiest cities. The percentage of people without health insurance in Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk is 12.7 percent versus 14.5 percent nationally.

According to the report, “About 20 percent of area residents did not participate in physical activity during their leisure time in the month preceding the survey, slightly lower than the state figure of 21.7 percent, and a significantly lower proportion than the corresponding nationwide figure of 27 percent.”

Naturally, Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk’s obesity rate is really low, standing at 19.6 percent, compared to the state’s rate of 24.4 percent and the national rate of 28.3 percent.

Food insecurity is a relatively low 2.6 percent, and the 2014 unemployment rate was 6.4 percent.

The healthiest city in Delaware is Dover.

Dover is unique in that it “is the only major metropolitan area in Delaware.” Perhaps this is why the city has a slightly higher percentage of adults reporting fair or poor health than the state as a whole—14.7 percent of Dover residents as opposed to 12.4 percent of state residents. The national rate of adults reporting fair or poor health is 16 percent.

Regardless, only 8.9 percent of Dover dwellers are uninsured, which is well below the 14.5 percent who are uninsured nationwide.

The obesity rate is pretty high, though, standing at 32.7 percent, while food insecurity is 4.8 percent. The 2014 unemployment rate was 6.4 percent.

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, if you learned that a city in which you have an interview suffers from a high obesity rate, what would be some of the questions you’d ask the employer during the interview about health and wellness and their outreach efforts within the community?

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