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Do you live in one of the top 50 healthiest cities?

August 10, 2016


Article courtesy of Kate Irby for The News Tribune.

On average, everyone is exercising more and smoking less in 2016 than they were in 2015.

But Washington, D.C. continues to top the list for fittest cities in the U.S. for the third year in a row, with 80 percent of residents reporting they exercised in the past 30 days and about 60 percent in excellent health. The rankings are done by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Each city was evaluated based on personal health indicators and community/environment health indicators, such as amount of parks, public transportation and walk score, which measures how easy it is to get around without a car.

Minneapolis and Denver were a close second and third, respectively. California had six cities on the list, the most of any state.

Sacramento ranked 13, with 73 percent of residents reporting exercise in the past 30 days and 54 percent in excellent health.

Raleigh, North Carolina tied exactly with Austin, Texas for 15th, with 84 percent of residents reporting recent physical activity and 62 percent in excellent health. However, Raleigh’s score was dragged down by its community health rank, with a low walk score and percentage of people within a 10-minute walk to a park.

Indianapolis was ranked lowest out of the 50.

Here are all the top 50 fittest cities:

1) Washington, D.C.

2) Minneapolis, Minnesota

3) Denver, Colorado

4) Portland, Oregon

5) San Francisco, California

6) Seattle, Washington

7) Boston, Massachusetts

8) Salt Lake City, Utah

9) Hartford, Connecticut

10) San Diego, California

11) San Jose, California

12) Chicago, Illinois

13) Sacramento, California

14) Atlanta, Georgia

15) Austin, Texas

15) Raleigh, North Carolina

17) Baltimore, Maryland

18) Richmond, Virginia

19) Virginia Beach, Virginia

20) Milwaukee, Wisconsin

21) Providence, Rhode Island

22) New York, New York

23) Cincinnati, Ohio

24) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

25) Cleveland, Ohio

26) Tampa, Florida

27) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

28) Saint Louis, Missouri

29) Los Angeles, California

30) Kansas City, Missouri

31) Jacksonville, Florida

32) Miami, Florida

33) New Orleans, Louisiana

34) Phoenix, Arizona

35) Buffalo, New York

36) Riverside, California

37) Dallas, Texas

38) Columbus, Ohio

39) Charlotte, North Carolina

40) Houston, Texas

41) Las Vegas, Nevada

42) Detroit, Michigan

43) Orlando, Florida

44) Birmingham, Alabama

45) San Antonio, Texas

46) Nashville, Tennessee

47) Memphis, Tennessee

48) Louisville, Kentucky

49) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

50) Indianapolis, Indiana

Photo courtesy of The News Tribune.