Boston-Cambridge-Newton Metro Area, MA Health


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The Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA Metro Area is a region with some of the best health care in the country. The area is home to some of the most renowned hospitals and medical facilities in New England, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. These facilities offer top-notch care for all members of the community, from primary care to specialty services. Additionally, numerous community health centers provide free or low cost healthcare services to those who are uninsured or underinsured. With a wealth of resources available for medical services, residents of this metro area can be confident that they are receiving quality care.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.

Physicians per Capita

There are 337 physicians per 100,000 population in Boston-Cambridge-Newton Metro Area. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.

Health Cost Index

The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Boston-Cambridge-Newton Metro Area area is 84.4 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

84.4 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.

Water Qualtiy Index

The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Boston-Cambridge-Newton Metro Area area is 23 (100=best). The US average is 55.

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Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.

Superfund Index

The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Boston-Cambridge-Newton Metro Area area is 76 (100=best). The US average is 87.

76 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Quick Facts

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Boston-Cambridge-Newton Metro Area commutes 31.0 minutes one-way, which is longer than the US average of 26.4 minutes.

Air Quality Index

The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Boston-Cambridge-Newton Metro Area area is 62 (100=best). The US average is 58.

62 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

Air Quality Health Risk
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alanna · 
Over 1 years ago

lived in the boston suburbs since i was 6 and loved every bit of it! such a cultured and educated  More

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Boston blows. I have lived here for 50 years. Super depressing the majority of the time if you like decent weather. Storms tend to stick around for days. Weather is  More

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I grew up in a big city in TX; have lived in IA, MO, spent chunks of time in MT, OR, WA, CA, and road-tripped all over the US.  I moved to MA ~20 years ago for work, and  More

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