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A CLOSER LOOK: 'HEALTHIEST CITY'

Behind the rankings

November 24, 2008

Burlington, Vt., was billed in a blizzard of reports this month as the nation's "healthiest" city -- and Huntington, W.Va., as least healthy -- based on survey results compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's one of many such "healthy city" rankings periodically splashed across the news. How do these lists get compiled? And what makes a city healthiest anyway? Turns out the answers can be very different, depending on the factors you weigh. We take a closer look at latimes.com/health.

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