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Men's Journal Magazine named Charlottesville one of the top five healthiest cities to call home in its upcoming February issue.

The magazine used findings from Sperling's Best Places, a research firm located in Portland Ore. that ranks cities across the United States based on a variety of characteristics.

Sperling President Bert Sperling attributed Charlottesville's top ranking to its large youth population, proximity to the University Health System and green living practices.

"The youth-based culture of a college town sort of infuses the whole community with one that is ... an active sort of culture," Sperling said.

He added that his firm factors in low mortality rates, surrounding health care resources and healthy work commuting practices - such as biking, walking and carpooling - to determine its rankings.

City spokesperson Ric Barrick said he was very pleased with the City's recent efforts at green development, citing progress made on that front as one of the leading reasons why Charlottesville made Men's Journal's list.

"I think what stands out to me among the list is expanding green spaces and also our embracing local farms and produce," Barrick said, adding that the ranking will provide "encouragement internally to do an even better job [and] externally it's nice to be acknowledged."

At the same time, though, he noted that local officials are not primarily motivated by the prospect of receiving external recognition.

"I think, as a community, our focus is on just making this community the best that it can be," he said.

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