After a holiday season of excess—the average American consumes more than a whopping 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day alone!—self-improvement is often top of mind. So it should come as no surprise that the most popular New Year’s resolutions (and the most commonly broken) are “lose weight” and “get fit.” Though the level of inactivity among Americans aged 6 and older went down from 28.3 percent in 2014 to 27.7 percent in 2015, some cities across the United States are doing much better than others.
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, including “average monthly fitness-club fee” to “bike score” to “share of physically inactive residents” in the website’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle of 2017 survey.
10 Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Boise, Idaho
- Scottsdale, Arizona
- Portland, Oregon
- Orlando, Florida
- Irvine, California
- Sacramento, California
10 Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle
91. Arlington, Texas
92. Irving, Texas
93. Toledo, Ohio
94. Newark, New Jersey
95. Hialeah, Florida
96. New York City
98. North Las Vegas, Nevada
99. Laredo, Texas
100. Memphis, Tennessee
Best vs. Worst Snapshots
- Madison, Wisconsin, has the most fitness trainers and aerobics instructors per 100,000 residents, 156.15, which is 6.8 times more than in Bakersfield, California, the city with the fewest at 23.10.
- Scottsdale, Arizona, has the most fitness centers per 100,000 residents, 229.48, which is 37.7 times more than in Greensboro, North Carolina, the city with the fewest at 6.08.
- Madison, Wisconsin, has the most park playgrounds per 100,000 residents, 71.98, which is 14.1 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 5.11.
- Orlando, Florida, has the most sporting-goods stores per 100,000 residents, 85.3, which is 40 times more than in Greensboro, North Carolina, the city with the fewest at 2.1.
- Scottsdale, Arizona, has the most public golf courses per 1 million residents, 127.5, which is 90 times more than in New York City, the city with the fewest at 1.4.
To find your city’s rank, please see the full WalletHub report.