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Cost of moving: Places to stay skinny

Check out these top cities for staying skinny.

Check out these top cities for staying skinny.

You've tried the acai berry diet, you've tried the cabbage soup diet. You've tried Atkins and Dukan, South Beach and Hollywood, low-fat, low-carb and even negative-calorie diets. But before you make another call to Jenny Craig, try phoning a moving company.

"Moving to a city with a low obesity rate absolutely could help you," says Reggie Ramsey of fitness information firm Healthways. "You'd be surrounded by people in the same situation, so you'd be far more likely to take weight off or not put it back on."

Ramsey and his organization recently put out a list of the top five cities in the United States for keeping trim, according to TheStreet.com. From the West Coast to the East Coast and several points between, these cities have the lowest obesity rates in the country and are populated by health-conscious individuals who really know how to take care of their bodies.

Coming in at No. 5 is Santa Barbara, California, and the surrounding towns of Santa Maria and Goleta. Ramsey notes that the state as a whole has a low obesity rate, but nearly 60 percent of the residents of the Santa Barbara area exercise 30 minutes a day, three times a week, making them healthier than their fellow Californians. Home prices in the area range from affordable to outrageous, however. TheStreet highlights two homes on opposite ends of the spectrum - a two-bedroom bungalow in Santa Maria for $14,900, and a 5-acre estate for $22 million.

Out east, two New England towns made the Healthways list: Barnstable, Massachusetts, and Stamford, Connecticut. The latter, along with nearby Bridgeport and Norwalk, has an obesity rate of just 14.5 percent, edging out the Bay State's Barnstable to take the No. 2 spot. Residents in both areas are remarkably good eaters, according to Ramsey. Nearly three out of four folks in the Stamford area say they eat healthy all day, while 69 percent of Barnstablers get their recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Real estate website Trulia.com puts the median sales price for a home in Barnstable at $330,000, while Realtor.com finds the median asking price for a home in Stamford to be closer to $365,000.

The skinniest place of all, however, is Boulder, Colorado. With a 12.1 percent obesity rate, Boulder boasts 80 miles of trails and nearly a dozen ski slopes, according to TheStreet. Median home prices hover around $370,000.