The Best and Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

WalletHub created a list of the top 10 best and worst cities for an active lifestyle.

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Top best and worst cities for an active lifestyle

One of the most common wellness goals, particularly around the beginning of the year, is to get more exercise, often related to weight loss and improving health overall. But with gyms operating at less capacity or shut down completely, it became more of a challenge to meet these goals in 2020. To find out what areas are most affected, WalletHub released its Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle in 2021, which looked at the 100 biggest U.S. cities across 36 key metrics ranging from the average monthly fitness club fee to bike score to the prevalence of Covid-19.  

Top 10 Cities for an Active Lifestyle

  1. Honolulu, HI
  2. Portland, OR
  3. San Diego, CA
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Seattle, WA
  7. Austin, TX
  8. Denver, CO
  9. Los Angeles, CA
  10. Washington, DC

Top 10 Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

  1. Corpus Christi, TX
  2. Birmingham, AL
  3. Bakersfield, CA
  4. Irving, TX
  5. San Bernardino, CA
  6. Laredo, TX
  7. Jersey City, NJ
  8. Newark, NJ
  9. Hialeah, FL
  10. North Las Vegas, NV

Other Key Findings

  • Orlando, FL, had the most sporting goods stores per square root of population. It was 11.9 times more than in North Las Vegas, NV, which was the city with the fewest.
  • Scottsdale, AZ, had the most public golf courses per square foot of population.
  • Boston, MA, had the most fitness trainers and aerobic instructors per 100,000 residents with 229 instructors. Meanwhile, Corpus Christi, TX, had the fewest at 28. 
  • New York City had the most playgrounds per square root of population, and Hialeah, FL, had the fewest.

View the full report here.

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