Where Does Your City Rank for an Active Lifestyle?

Jan. 9, 2017

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With “lose weight and get fit” being both the No. 1 most popular and No. 1 most commonly broken New Year’s resolution and the level of inactivity among Americans aged 6 and older decreasing from 28.3 percent in 2014 to 27.7 percent in 2015, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2017’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle.

To identify the cities that encourage balancing a healthy diet with ample physical activity, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across 30 key metrics. The data set ranges from “average monthly fitness-club fee” to “bike score” to “share of physically inactive residents.”

Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle

Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

1

Madison, WI

91

Arlington, TX

2

Boise, ID

92

Irving, TX

3

Scottsdale, AZ

93

Toledo, OH

4

Portland, OR

94

Newark, NJ

5

Orlando, FL

95

Hialeah, FL

6

Minneapolis, MN

96

New York, NY

7

Pittsburgh, PA

97

Dallas, TX

8

Atlanta, GA

98

North Las Vegas, NV

9

Irvine, CA

99

Laredo, TX

10

Sacramento, CA

100

Memphis, TN

 

Best vs. Worst

  • Orlando, Fla., has the most sporting-goods stores per 100,000 residents, 85.3, which is 40 times more than in Greensboro, N.C., the city with the fewest at 2.1.  
  • Scottsdale, Ariz., has the most public golf courses per 1 million residents, 127.5, which is 90 times more than in New York, the city with the fewest at 1.4.
  • Madison, Wis., has the most fitness trainers and aerobics instructors per 100,000 residents, 156.15, which is 6.8 times more than in Bakersfield, Calif., the city with the fewest at 23.10.  
  • Scottsdale, Ariz., has the most fitness centers per 100,000 residents, 229.48, which is 37.7 times more than in Greensboro, N.C., the city with the fewest at 6.08.  
  • Madison, Wis., has the most park playgrounds per 100,000 residents, 71.98, which is 14.1 times more than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the fewest at 5.11.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, click here.

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Topics: Going Green, Healthy Homes, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Sustainable Communities


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