The 50 Fattest Cities in America

The metropolises that are too big for their own good.

The 50 Fattest Cities in America

The metropolises that are too big for their own good.

You are who you surround yourself with. That’s true whether you’re talking about career success, conversational cleverness, or style. If you spend time with smart people, there’s a good chance you’re going to learn a few things, and if you spend time with millionaires, you’re likely to pick up some financial tips. But the opposite is true too: hang around people who don’t take care of themselves, and you might start doing the same. Live in a city where bad habits are standard, and you can expect to start picking up on some of them.

Considering this, we’ve dug into available data about individual cities’ health, pulling from the U.S. Census, WalletHub rankings, and elsewhere, to determine which metropolitan areas have some of the worst habits, including percentage reporting physical inactivity, binge drinking, smoking, and obesity. Take a look at the 50 fattest cities in America—if you live in one of them, it might be time to for some lifestyle changes. And for the other side of the coin, be sure to check out The 50 Fittest Cities in America.

fattest cities

50
Worcester, MA

Population: 182,669
Smoking: 17
Obesity: 27
Physical Inactivity: 21
Binge Drinking: 21
WalletHub Score: 66.57
Fat City Score: 38.14

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fattest cities

49
San Antonio, TX

Population: 1,382,951
Smoking: 13
Obesity: 27
Physical Inactivity: 21
Binge Drinking: 17
WalletHub Score: 75.8
Fat City Score: 38.45

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fattest cities

48
Charleston, SC

Population: 125,583
Smoking: 17
Obesity: 25
Physical Inactivity: 20
Binge Drinking: 21
WalletHub Score: 71.44
Fat City Score: 38.61

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fattest cities

47
Houston, TX

Population: 2,160,821
Smoking: 14
Obesity: 27
Physical Inactivity: 22
Binge Drinking: 17
WalletHub Score: 75.05
Fat City Score: 38.76

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fattest cities

46
Allentown, PA

Population: 118,974
Smoking: 17
Obesity: 30
Physical Inactivity: 22
Binge Drinking: 18
WalletHub Score: 68.88
Fat City Score: 38.97

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fattest cities

45
El Paso, TX

Population: 672,538
Smoking: 15
Obesity: 28
Physical Inactivity: 23
Binge Drinking: 17
WalletHub Score: 74.13
Fat City Score: 39.28

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fattest cities

44
Grand Rapids, MI

Population: 190,411
Smoking: 17
Obesity: 29
Physical Inactivity: 20
Binge Drinking: 22
WalletHub Score: 69.54
Fat City Score: 39.39

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fattest cities

43
Jacksonville, FL

Population: 836,507
Smoking: 17
Obesity: 31
Physical Inactivity: 24
Binge Drinking: 16
WalletHub Score: 69.91
Fat City Score: 39.48

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fattest cities

42
Akron, OH

Population: 198,549
Smoking: 20
Obesity: 31
Physical Inactivity: 24
Binge Drinking: 17
WalletHub Score: 66.11
Fat City Score: 39.53

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fattest cities

41
Kansas City, MO

Population: 464,310
Smoking: 20
Obesity: 31
Physical Inactivity: 23
Binge Drinking: 18
WalletHub Score: 66.2
Fat City Score: 39.55

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fattest cities

40
Richmond, VA

Population: 210,309
Smoking: 20
Obesity: 30
Physical Inactivity: 21
Binge Drinking: 18
WalletHub Score: 69.22
Fat City Score: 39.56

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fattest cities

39
Greenville, SC

Population: 67,453
Smoking: 15
Obesity: 28
Physical Inactivity: 22
Binge Drinking: 17
WalletHub Score: 76.34
Fat City Score: 39.59

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fattest cities

38
Dallas, TX

Population: 1,241,162
Smoking: 16
Obesity: 28
Physical Inactivity: 23
Binge Drinking: 18
WalletHub Score: 73.7
Fat City Score: 39.68

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fattest cities

37
Philadelphia, PA

Population: 1,547,607
Smoking: 20
Obesity: 30
Physical Inactivity: 26
Binge Drinking: 19
WalletHub Score: 63.72
Fat City Score: 39.68

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fattest cities

36
Lexington, KY

Population: 310,573
Smoking: 20
Obesity: 27
Physical Inactivity: 21
Binge Drinking: 19
WalletHub Score: 72.19
Fat City Score: 39.80

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fattest cities

35
Milwaukee, WI

Population: 598,916
Smoking: 20
Obesity: 33
Physical Inactivity: 22
Binge Drinking: 21
WalletHub Score: 63.36
Fat City Score: 39.84

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fattest cities

34
Huntsville, AL

Population: 183,739
Smoking: 17
Obesity: 32
Physical Inactivity: 23
Binge Drinking: 14
WalletHub Score: 73.43
Fat City Score: 39.86

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fattest cities

33
Dayton, OH

Population: 141,359
Smoking: 19
Obesity: 33
Physical Inactivity: 25
Binge Drinking: 15
WalletHub Score: 67.58
Fat City Score: 39.90

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scranton fattest cities

32
Scranton, PA

Population: 77,291
Smoking: 19
Obesity: 31
Physical Inactivity: 24
Binge Drinking: 18
WalletHub Score: 67.86
Fat City Score: 39.97

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fattest cities

31
Wichita, KS

Population: 389,902
Smoking: 18
Obesity: 31
Physical Inactivity: 23
Binge Drinking: 15
WalletHub Score: 72.87
Fat City Score: 39.97

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fattest cities

30
Greensboro, NC

Population: 277,080
Smoking: 18
Obesity: 31
Physical Inactivity: 22
Binge Drinking: 16
WalletHub Score: 73.31
Fat City Score: 40.08

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fattest cities

29
Fort Wayne, IN

Population: 254,555
Smoking: 18
Obesity: 30
Physical Inactivity: 23
Binge Drinking: 19
WalletHub Score: 71.58
Fat City Score: 40.40

fattest cities

28
Tulsa, OK

Population: 393,987
Smoking: 19
Obesity: 30
Physical Inactivity: 27
Binge Drinking: 13
WalletHub Score: 73.74
Fat City Score: 40.69

 

fattest cities

27
Nashville, TN

Population: 624,496
Smoking: 20
Obesity: 31
Physical Inactivity: 24
Binge Drinking: 14
WalletHub Score: 73.94
Fat City Score: 40.74

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fattest cities

26
Fayetteville, AR

Population: 202,103
Smoking: 21
Obesity: 31
Physical Inactivity: 25
Binge Drinking: 15
WalletHub Score: 71.71
Fat City Score: 40.93

fattest cities

25
Oklahoma City, OK

Population: 638,367
Smoking: 18
Obesity: 31
Physical Inactivity: 26
Binge Drinking: 14
WalletHub Score: 74.83
Fat City Score: 40.96

fattest cities

24
Columbia, SC

Population: 131,686
Smoking: 16
Obesity: 33
Physical Inactivity: 21
Binge Drinking: 18
WalletHub Score: 76.54
Fat City Score: 41.14

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fattest cities

23
Youngstown, OH

Population: 64,312
Smoking: 21
Obesity: 31
Physical Inactivity: 28
Binge Drinking: 16
WalletHub Score: 68.73
Fat City Score: 41.18

fattest cities

22
Columbus, OH

Population: 809,798
Smoking: 20
Obesity: 30
Physical Inactivity: 22
Binge Drinking: 20
WalletHub Score: 73
Fat City Score: 41.25

fattest cities

21
Myrtle Beach, SC

Population: 32,240
Smoking: 18
Obesity: 30
Physical Inactivity: 24
Binge Drinking: 18
WalletHub Score: 75.2
Fat City Score: 41.30

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fattest cities

20
Knoxville, TN

Population: 182,200
Smoking: 19
Obesity: 30
Physical Inactivity: 27
Binge Drinking: 13
WalletHub Score: 76.73
Fat City Score: 41.43

fattest cities

19
Winston, NC

Population: 242,203
Smoking: 19
Obesity: 31
Physical Inactivity: 24
Binge Drinking: 15
WalletHub Score: 76.74
Fat City Score: 41.44

fattest cities

18
Canton, OH

Population: 71,323
Smoking: 19
Obesity: 31
Physical Inactivity: 25
Binge Drinking: 18
WalletHub Score: 72.89
Fat City Score: 41.47

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fattest cities

17
Baton Rouge, LA

Population: 230,058
Smoking: 16
Obesity: 33
Physical Inactivity: 25
Binge Drinking: 18
WalletHub Score: 74.33
Fat City Score: 41.58

fattest cities

16
Baltimore, MD

Population: 621,342
Smoking: 24
Obesity: 34
Physical Inactivity: 27
Binge Drinking: 17
WalletHub Score: 65.05
Fat City Score: 41.76

mcallen texas fattest cities

15
McAllen, TX

Population: 134,719
Smoking: 14
Obesity: 34
Physical Inactivity: 24
Binge Drinking: 13
WalletHub Score: 82.1
Fat City Score: 41.78

fattest cities

14
Detroit, MI

Population: 701,475
Smoking: 19
Obesity: 30
Physical Inactivity: 30
Binge Drinking: 15
WalletHub Score: 73.17
Fat City Score: 41.79

fattest cities

13
Augusta, GA

Population: 197,872
Smoking: 20
Obesity: 34
Physical Inactivity: 25
Binge Drinking: 14
WalletHub Score: 74.48
Fat City Score: 41.87

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fattest cities

12
Lafayette, LA

Population: 122,761
Smoking: 17
Obesity: 31
Physical Inactivity: 25
Binge Drinking: 18
WalletHub Score: 77.03
Fat City Score: 42.01

fattest cities

11
Birmingham, AL

Population: 212,038
Smoking: 19
Obesity: 33
Physical Inactivity: 26
Binge Drinking: 14
WalletHub Score: 76.03
Fat City Score: 42.01

fattest cities

10
New Orleans, LA

Population: 391,495
Smoking: 22
Obesity: 32
Physical Inactivity: 24
Binge Drinking: 19
WalletHub Score: 71.22
Fat City Score: 42.06

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fattest cities

9
Chattanooga, TN

Population: 171,279
Smoking: 21
Obesity: 30
Physical Inactivity: 27
Binge Drinking: 12
WalletHub Score: 79.23
Fat City Score: 42.31

fattest cities

8
Indianapolis, IN

Population: 834,852
Smoking: 21
Obesity: 32
Physical Inactivity: 26
Binge Drinking: 18
WalletHub Score: 74.14
Fat City Score: 42.79

fattest cities

7
Toledo, OH

Population: 284,012
Smoking: 20
Obesity: 34
Physical Inactivity: 27
Binge Drinking: 17
WalletHub Score: 73.44
Fat City Score: 42.86

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fattest cities

6
Little Rock, AR

Population: 196,537
Smoking: 18
Obesity: 32
Physical Inactivity: 26
Binge Drinking: 15
WalletHub Score: 82.12
Fat City Score: 43.28

fattest cities

5
Louisville, KY

Population: 253,128
Smoking: 22
Obesity: 32
Physical Inactivity: 25
Binge Drinking: 19
WalletHub Score: 75.57
Fat City Score: 43.39

fattest cities

4
Jackson, MS

Population: 175,437
Smoking: 16
Obesity: 32
Physical Inactivity: 29
Binge Drinking: 14
WalletHub Score: 84.93
Fat City Score: 43.98

fattest cities

3
Memphis, TN

Population: 655,155
Smoking: 20
Obesity: 33
Physical Inactivity: 28
Binge Drinking: 14
WalletHub Score: 82.78
Fat City Score: 44.45

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fattest cities

2
Shreveport, LA

Population: 201,867
Smoking: 21
Obesity: 34
Physical Inactivity: 28
Binge Drinking: 15
WalletHub Score: 81.82
Fat City Score: 44.96

fattest cities

1
Mobile, AL

Population: 194,822
Smoking: 22
Obesity: 37
Physical Inactivity: 28
Binge Drinking: 15
WalletHub Score: 78.86
Fat City Score: 45.22

 

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