Must-Read: Best Cities for Men
When you think of moving to a new city, a lot of factors fly through your head. There’s the public transportation factor. There’s the job prospects and if they’re in the industry you want to work in. There’s the government and how many taxes they take out of your paycheck. And, of course, there’s the weather. But there’s also some very specific factors for men that aren’t weighed nearly enough. For instance, serious ones like the prevalence of heart disease in that area, which could indicate a very stressful style of life. Or even more serious ones like the ratio of single women to single men in the city. Which is why we’re super glad that Men’s Health has recognized these factors and done our work for us by ranking the Best and Worst Men Cities in the U.S.
The winner, Madison, Wisconsin. Why?
So now you know what we mean when we say Madison, Wisconsin is almost “Franciscan” in its reign over our annual Best & Worst Cities rankings: The city has the most No. 1 finishes in the history of our Metrogrades melee.
Madison’s secret? Midwestern consistency. When we delved into the data from the usual assortment of alphabet agencies (CDC, FBI, EPA), we found that the capital of the Badger State kept throwing ringers in the key categories of health, fitness, and quality of life. All told, we crunched 37 different criiteria, from man killers (heart disease, cancer, and so forth) to man thrillers (ratio of single men to single women).
So, if you guys are looking for a place to move to, there are worse cities out there.
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.