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Madison No. 8 on list of happiest, healthiest cities in U.S.

Low crimes rates, access to affordable, fresh produce get Madison ranked

MADISON, Wis. - A health and wellness website has listed Madison as one of the top 25 happiest and healthiest cities in the country. evaluated 100 of the nation's largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness and well-being to compile the list, according to the article. Some of the things they looked at include access to green space, access to concert halls, number of farmers' markets, the average inclination to eat fruits and vegetables, disease incident, depression measures, unemployment rates and FBI crime statistic.

Madison was ranked eight on the list of 25 behind San Francisco, Fargo, San Diego, Anaheim, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City and San Jose.

According to the listing, Madison had the best scores in low crime rates and affordable, fresh produce. The website also lists the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and the more than 120 neighborhood associations as reasons for scoring a spot on the list.

Cities rounding out the top 25 include Sioux Falls; Honolulu; Seattle; Aurora, Colorado; Boise, Idaho; Austin, Texas; Lincoln, Nebraska; Raleigh, North Carolina; Plan, Texas; Colorado Springs, Jersey City, New Jersey; Portland, Oregon; Denver; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Boston; Burlington, Vermont; and Manchester, New Hampshire.

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