With May having been Skin Cancer Awareness Month and more cases of skin cancer being diagnosed than breast, colon, lung and prostate cancers combined, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Your Skin.
To identify the places in the U.S. where Americans don’t have to try as hard as others to protect their skin, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest U.S. cities across 17 key metrics. Our data set ranges from “melanoma incidence rate per 100,000 residents” to “Ultraviolet index” to “cost of a non-invasive dermatological procedure.”
Best Cities for Your Skin Worst Cities for Your Skin
1 El Paso, TX 141 Oxnard, CA
2 San Antonio, TX 142 Amarillo, TX
3 Austin, TX 143 Chattanooga, TN
4 Minneapolis, MN 144 Toledo, OH
5 Santa Rosa, CA 145 Spokane, WA
6 Plano, TX 146 Cape Coral, FL
7 Memphis, TN 147 St. Petersburg, FL
8 Dallas, TX 148 Shreveport, LA
9 Newark, NJ 149 Akron, OH
10 New York, NY 150 Port St. Lucie, FL
Comparing the Best & Worst
El Paso, Texas, has the fewest melanoma incidences per 100,000 residents, five, which is nearly eight time fewer than in Salt Lake City, the city with the most, 38.2.
Jersey City, N.J., has the lowest skin cancer death rate per 100,000 residents, 1.49, which is more than 5.5 times lower than in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the city with the highest, 8.25.
Riverside, San Bernardino, Fontana, Moreno Valley, Rancho Cucamonga, and Ontario, Calif., have the worst median air-quality index, which is nearly three times higher than in Honolulu, the city with the best.
San Jose, Calif., has the lowest smoking rate of adults, 9.6 percent, which is nearly three times lower than in Fort Wayne, Ind., the city with the highest, 26.2 percent.
Baton Rouge, La., has the most dermatologists per 100,000 residents, 31.83, which is nearly 71 times more than in North Las Vegas, Nev., the city with the lowest, 0.45.
Scottsdale, Ariz., has the most skin-care centers per 100,000 residents, 134.22, which is 93 times more than in Detroit, the city with the fewest, 1.44.
Orlando, Fla., has the most cosmetics and beauty supply stores per 100,000 residents, 87.52, which is 12 times more than in Brownsville, Texas, the city with the fewest, 7.23.
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