McALLEN — With the nation’s lowest median income, Hidalgo County once again holds the dubious distinction of being the fattest metro area in the United States, a poll released Thursday revealed.
A Gallup poll found that 38.5 percent of residents in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metropolitan statistical area — which includes all of Hidalgo County — are obese.
Gallup noted that areas with high poverty rates in the United States are most likely to have high populations of obese people.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey found that more than 35 percent of residents in Hidalgo County live below the poverty line in 2011, the most recent year for which statistics are available.
Nationwide, more than 26 percent of Americans age 18 and older were obese in 2012, the same as the year before. The survey examined 189 metropolitan areas around the country.
The Gallup poll found that Boulder, Colo., boasts the nation’s lowest obesity rate among adults, at 12.5 percent.
The figures were determined from interviews with 248,538 U.S. adults across the country. At least 300 interviews were performed in each metro area.
Jared Taylor is a metro editor at The Monitor. He can be reached at email@example.com and (956) 683-4439 or on Twitter, @JaredATaylor.
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1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, 38.5 percent
2. Huntington-Ashland W.V., Ky., Ohio, 37.7 percent
3. Little Rock, Ark., 34.7 percent
4. Mobile, Ala., 33.7 percent
5. Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Md., 33.4 percent
1. Boulder, Colo. 12.5 percent
2. Charlottesville, Va., 14.3 percent
3. Bellingham, Wa., 15.9 percent
4. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo., 16.5 percent
5. Naples-Marcos Island, Fla., 16.6 percent
Source: Gallup Wellbeing poll