Women’s Health magazines – Tampa is a better place to live than St. Petersburg

December 30th, 2010 | Tags:

Tampa is a better place to live than St. Petersburg Woman’s Health magazine says

– whether you’re a man or a woman – though neither is considered an ideal city to call home.

So sayeth Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines, which each evaluated 100 cities on health, fitness and quality of life issues. The magazines used a wide array of factors such as cancer rates, life expectancy and eating and exercise habits.

Tampa was ranked 77th for men, while St. Petersburg was ranked 95th >> relationship advice : For women, Tampa was ranked 79th, while St. Petersburg was ranked 93rd.

For their editions, the magazines do not list all 100 cities – just the 10 best cities, and the 10 worst. So, in a dubious distinction, the city of St. Petersburg got its name printed in both magazines, while Tampa did not.

The Tampa Tribune found out Tampa’s ranking after asking the magazine for a complete list of all 100 cities.

Plano, Texas, won the top spot for women, in part because of the ratio of men to women – 139 to 100. Santa Ana, Calif., came in third in part because of the extent to which women exercise there. And San Francisco garnered 10th place in part because of its low breast cancer rate.

For men, Madison, Wis., is the best place to live because it scored so well in a wide range of categories, the Men’s Health magazine article says. Plano is third, because the men apparently have to work out a lot to compete for those women. And Virginia Beach, Va., which ranked ninth, has a lot of healthy farmer’s markets.

To get into the bottom 10, as St. Petersburg has, a municipality has to fare poorly across the board in the three major categories, said Matt Marion, deputy editor at Men’s Health, who oversaw the research project for both magazines.

The city has to fare poorly in the health category, which includes data on cancer; in the fitness category, which takes into consideration gym attendance; and in the quality of life category, which weighs data on crime and pollution, Marion said.

“It really isn’t one score that is going to pull you down that far,” he said.

One of the factors contributing to the low health score for women in St. Petersburg is the city’s high suicide rate, Marion said. Men, too, had low health scores, with a high cancer rate, plus some low quality-of-life scores attributable, in part, to crime.

And job growth for women and men alike was less than ideal.

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