Austinites are drunk but healthy, study reveals

AUSTIN - Although a recent study stated Austin is the drunkest city in Texas, the same report revealed that Austin is the healthiest city in Texas. 

24/7 Wall Street, an analysis and commentary website, calculated the healthiest cities in every state, in their annual report.

It was found that adults in the Austin-Round Rock area are less likely to smoke than adults statewide and even nationwide. Approximately 13.2 percent of adults in Austin smoke, whereas 15.2 percent of Texans and 18 percent of Americans that do. 

This research was conducted by ranking each city based on healthy behaviors such as getting enough exercise, the percentage of the population that smokes cigarettes, as well as non-health related information such as educational attainment and wealth. 

It was found that in Austin, the premature death rate was 260 per 100,000 residents. The adult obesity rate was 24 percent, those under 65 without health insurance were 14 percent and the median household income is $71,000.

In Austin, only 16.1 percent of adults get no leisure time/physical activity, whereas 23 percent of adults in Texas and 22 percent of Americans get no exercise in their free time. 

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