Do You Live In One Of Them? The 15 Fittest Cities In The U.S.

April 9, 2013  |  
1 of 16

Every city has its own merits in the healthy living department: great outdoors, calf-building hills, Farmers Market enthusiasts and more. But which cities are taking the most advantage of these offerings? These are the most active, and overall physically healthy cities in the U.S.

Portland, Oregon

The clean air and moderate temperatures tempt people outside in Portland. 6.1% of male residents in Portland ride their bicycle to work every day, and 54.7% of all adults in the metropolitan area perform at least 30 minutes of physical activity, at least 5 times per week.

Denver, Colorado

61.7% of Denver residents are rated to be in excellent or very good physical health. The city experiences only an 18.8% obesity rate, and very low rates of disability or heart disease; 80% of the residents perform physical activity daily.

San Francisco, California

The windy city doesn’t scare people indoors. Between kayaking around the Golden Gate, and running those notoriously steep hills, about 82% of San Francisco residents are active daily.

Washington, DC

If you’ve visited the sites of DC, you’ve no doubt almost been run over by a crowd of joggers or cyclists who take advantage of the many clean, open tourist paths. Around 81% of DC’s residents exercise daily.

Austin, Texas

Austin residents enjoy a high number of parks and swimming pools per capita, which could account for the low rate of asthma and heart disease. These Texans boast a 78.4% exercise rate.

Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford has one of the highest numbers of Farmers Markets in the country, along with plenty of baseball diamonds and golf courses. Between the bountiful fruits and vegetables and gorgeous outdoor arenas, Hartfordians brag of a 77.2% exercise rate.

Sacramento, California

Sacramento actually beats its further West competitor, San Francisco, with a high percentage or residents reporting they walk or bike to work daily. Their exercise rate is 82.3%.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle is a rock star in the physical education department, offering one of the highest numbers of classes in this area for kids and young adults. The city has an 81.9% exercise rate.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Situated in a part of America that suffers from some of the highest obesity rates, Minneapolis’ obesity rate is tempered by a love of exercise amongst the residents. These Minnesotans can brag of an 84.3% exercise rate.

Boston, Massachusetts

This populated area experiences surprisingly low smoking rates. In addition, it’s a state mandate that each resident have health insurance. The Bostonians exercise rate is 78.6%.

San Jose, California

California makes the list for the third time, with 81.5% of the residents exercising regularly. Many San Jose residents also take advantage of marathons in nearby San Francisco.

San Diego, California

No doubt the numerous and irresistible beaches of San Diego draw residents out of their homes on a regular basis. Whether it’s through wind surfing, paddle boarding, other water sports or indoor activities, this city has a 79.9% exercise rate.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Residents of Salt Lake City tend to live there so they can make full use of the snowy season. These skiers and boarders have an 80.9% exercise rate.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Another beach city in the ranks, Virginia residents take to the water even on those notoriously chilly East Coast days. This city has an 81% exercise rate.


Phoenix, Arizona

To escape the heat, Phoenix residents take advantage of nearby Salt River for water sports. During those unbearable hot months, Phoenix enjoys a high number of well air-conditioned fitness facilities. The city boasts an 82.6% exercise rate.

Trending on MadameNoire

View Comments
Comment Disclaimer: Comments that contain profane or derogatory language, video links or exceed 200 words will require approval by a moderator before appearing in the comment section. XOXO-MN
blog comments powered by Disqus