The 50 Fittest Cities in America

Our country's finest examples of healthy living.

The 50 Fittest Cities in America

Our country's finest examples of healthy living.

Diet and exercise are important, but other factors can have a huge influence on whether a person lives a healthy lifestyle. The people you surround yourself with, your daily routines, and the environment in which you live all affect how fit you are. Living in a city where exercising is the norm and where gyms and healthy food are ubiquitous will make a major impact on whether a person sticks with healthy habits—or ends up with a beer gut and double chin.

With that in mind, we’ve drawn on a range of data points to assess which cities in the United States are “the fittest.” These include the number of gyms per capita (per research company AggData), level of physical activity and access to exercise opportunities (per the U.S. Census’ County Healthy Rankings), the “Healthy City Score” according to WalletHub (which draws on 34 relevant metrics including farmer’s markets per capita, access to health care, and more), and Walk Score (which measures the walkability of a city based on distance to nearby places and pedestrian friendliness). From this info we created a Fit Score and have ranked the fittest cities below. And for the other side of the coin, be sure to check out The Fattest Cities in America. 

peoria 50 fittest cities

50
Peoria, IL

Population: 114,265
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.43
Physical Activity: 76
Healthy City Score: 53.46
Access to Exercise: 77
Walk Score: 29
Total Fit Score: 55.692

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rancho cucamonga fittest cities

49
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Population: 176,534
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.57
Physical Activity: 81
Healthy City Score: 57.72
Access to Exercise: 90
Walk Score: 38
Total Fit Score: 64.744

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Tallahassee fittest cities

48
Tallahassee, FL

Population: 190,894
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.7
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 53.01
Access to Exercise: 94
Walk Score: 32
Total Fit Score: 66.202

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spokane fittest cities

47
Spokane, WA

Population: 215,973
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.72
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 51.64
Access to Exercise: 87
Walk Score: 48
Total Fit Score: 68.128

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santa clarita fittest cities

46
Santa Clarita, CA

Population: 181,972
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.67
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 59.67
Access to Exercise: 98
Walk Score: 34
Total Fit Score: 68.134

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gilbert arizona fittest cities

45
Gilbert, AZ

Population: 237,133
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.86
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 51.44
Access to Exercise: 93
Walk Score: 29
Total Fit Score: 68.288

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springfield fittest cities

44
Springfield, MO

Population: 167,319
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.91
Physical Activity: 77
Healthy City Score: 52.56
Access to Exercise: 84
Walk Score: 38
Total Fit Score: 68.512

If you find yourself passing through Springfield momentarily, be sure to learn the one exercise you can do anywhere—including the hotel bathroom.

chandler fittest cities

43
Chandler, AZ

Population: 247,477
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.86
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 51.27
Access to Exercise: 93
Walk Score: 35
Total Fit Score: 69.454

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fremont fittest cities

42
Fremont, CA

Population: 233,136
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.65
Physical Activity: 84
Healthy City Score: 58.82
Access to Exercise: 100
Walk Score: 44
Total Fit Score: 70.364

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honolulu fittest cities

41
Honolulu, HI

Population: 374,658
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.5
Physical Activity: 81
Healthy City Score: 62.67
Access to Exercise: 95
Walk Score: 64
Total Fit Score: 70.534

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st louis fittest cities

40
St. Louis, MO

Population: 311,404
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.66
Physical Activity: 77
Healthy City Score: 53.02
Access to Exercise: 97
Walk Score: 65
Total Fit Score: 71.604

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scottsdale fittest cities

39
Scottsdale, AZ

Population: 246,645
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.86
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 67.14
Access to Exercise: 93
Walk Score: 32
Total Fit Score: 72.028

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boise fittest cities

38
Boise, ID

Population: 223,154
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.91
Physical Activity: 84
Healthy City Score: 58.36
Access to Exercise: 92
Walk Score: 40
Total Fit Score: 73.072

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tampa fittest cities

37
Tampa, FL

Population: 377,165
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.87
Physical Activity: 78
Healthy City Score: 55.5
Access to Exercise: 95
Walk Score: 50
Total Fit Score: 73.1

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reno fittest cities

36
Reno, NV

Population: 245,255
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1
Physical Activity: 84
Healthy City Score: 53.17
Access to Exercise: 91
Walk Score: 38
Total Fit Score: 73.234

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salt lake fittest cities

35
Salt Lake City, UT

Population: 193,744
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.64
Physical Activity: 84
Healthy City Score: 67.5
Access to Exercise: 95
Walk Score: 57
Total Fit Score: 73.5

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long beach fittest cities

34
Long Beach, CA

Population: 470,130
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.67
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 51.07
Access to Exercise: 98
Walk Score: 70
Total Fit Score: 73.614

To look your absolute best on the beach, try the 4 ab workouts that will get you a six-pack in six weeks.

lincoln fittest cities

33
Lincoln, NE

Population: 280,364
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.2
Physical Activity: 76
Healthy City Score: 57.03
Access to Exercise: 74
Walk Score: 43
Total Fit Score: 74.006

Also, be sure to check out the 5 essential muscles fit people never ignore when they hit the gym.

glendale fittest cities

32
Glendale, CA

Population: 200,831
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.67
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 56.26
Access to Exercise: 98
Walk Score: 69
Total Fit Score: 74.452

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orlando fittest cities

31
Orlando, FL

Population: 277,173
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.79
Physical Activity: 97
Healthy City Score: 56.44
Access to Exercise: 98
Walk Score: 42
Total Fit Score: 74.488

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pittsburgh fittest cities

30
Pittsburgh, PA

Population: 303,625
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.86
Physical Activity: 78
Healthy City Score: 51.71
Access to Exercise: 95
Walk Score: 62
Total Fit Score: 74.542

Before you get out and tackle any exercising, though, be sure you know the 5 best stretches to do before any workout.

tempe fittest cities

29
Tempe, AZ

Population: 182,498
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.86
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 58.92
Access to Exercise: 93
Walk Score: 54
Total Fit Score: 74.784

napa fittest cities

28
Napa, CA

Population: 80,416
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.5
Physical Activity: 84
Healthy City Score: N/A
Access to Exercise: 94
Walk Score: 46
Total Fit Score: 74.8

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atlanta fittest cities

27
Atlanta, GA

Population: 472,522
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.98
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 56.42
Access to Exercise: 90
Walk Score: 49
Total Fit Score: 75.084

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vancouver fittest cities

26
Vancouver, WA

Population: 174,826
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1
Physical Activity: 83
Healthy City Score: 55.54
Access to Exercise: 96
Walk Score: 41
Total Fit Score: 75.108

austin fittest cities

25
Austin, TX

Population: 947,890
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.1
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 53.82
Access to Exercise: 94
Walk Score: 40
Total Fit Score: 75.964

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san diego fittest cities

24
San Diego, CA

Population: 1,407,000
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1
Physical Activity: 84
Healthy City Score: 54.61
Access to Exercise: 96
Walk Score: 51
Total Fit Score: 77.122

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santa cruz fittest cities

23
Santa Cruz, CA

Population: 64,465
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.4
Physical Activity: 87
Healthy City Score: N/A
Access to Exercise: 96
Walk Score: 63
Total Fit Score: 77.2

miami fittest cities

22
Miami, FL

Population: 453,579
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.77
Physical Activity: 79
Healthy City Score: 52.46
Access to Exercise: 99
Walk Score: 79
Total Fit Score: 77.292

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virginia beach fittest cities

21
Virginia Beach, VA

Population: 452,602
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.31
Physical Activity: 81
Healthy City Score: 52.28
Access to Exercise: 90
Walk Score: 33
Total Fit Score: 77.456

raleigh fittest cities

20
Raleigh, NC

Population: 458,880
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.3
Physical Activity: 83
Healthy City Score: 53.55
Access to Exercise: 91
Walk Score: 30
Total Fit Score: 77.51

chapel hill fittest cities

19
Chapel Hill, NC

Population: 263,016
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.4
Physical Activity: 79
Healthy City Score: 50.32
Access to Exercise: 91
Walk Score: 29
Total Fit Score: 77.864

fort lauderdale fittest cities

18
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Population: 178,752
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 0.96
Physical Activity: 77
Healthy City Score: 58.82
Access to Exercise: 100
Walk Score: 59
Total Fit Score: 78.164

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santa rosa fittest cities

17
Santa Rosa, CA

Population: 175,155
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.1
Physical Activity: 86
Healthy City Score: 56.25
Access to Exercise: 95
Walk Score: 44
Total Fit Score: 78.25

irvine fittest cities

16
Irvine, CA

Population: 266,122
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.02
Physical Activity: 84
Healthy City Score: 63.23
Access to Exercise: 99
Walk Score: 44
Total Fit Score:  78.446

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sacramento fittest cities

15
Sacramento, CA

Population: 495,234
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.13
Physical Activity: 83
Healthy City Score: 54.66
Access to Exercise: 97
Walk Score: 47
Total Fit Score: 78.932

garden grove fittest cities

14
Garden Grove, CA

Population: 174,858
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.02
Physical Activity: 84
Healthy City Score: 51.23
Access to Exercise: 99
Walk Score: 61
Total Fit Score: 79.446

overland park fittest cities

13
Overland Park, KS

Population: 188,966
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.27
Physical Activity: 83
Healthy City Score: 55.76
Access to Exercise: 99
Walk Score: 35
Total Fit Score: 79.952

huntington beach fittest cities

12
Huntington Beach, CA

Population: 200,652
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.02
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 63.23
Access to Exercise: 98
Walk Score: 55
Total Fit Score: 80.046

denver fittest cities

11
Denver, CO

Population: 693,060
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1
Physical Activity: 88
Healthy City Score: 57.65
Access to Exercise: 100
Walk Score: 61
Total Fit Score: 81.33

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san jose fittest cities

10
San Jose, CA

Population: 1,025,350
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.2
Physical Activity: 85
Healthy City Score: 53.78
Access to Exercise: 98
Walk Score: 51
Total Fit Score: 81.556

minneapolis fittest cities

9
Minneapolis, MN

Population: 413,651
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.2
Physical Activity: 84
Healthy City Score: 58.19
Access to Exercise: 99
Walk Score: 69
Total Fit Score: 86.038

portland fittest cities

8
Portland, OR

Population: 639,863
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.2
Physical Activity: 87
Healthy City Score: 65.16
Access to Exercise: 99
Walk Score: 65
Total Fit Score: 87.232

And if you find yourself in outdoorsy Portland, be sure you’re donning the most rugged, versatile outdoors blazer you can buy.

washington dc fittest cities

7
Washington, DC

Population: 681,170
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.2
Physical Activity: 83
Healthy City Score: 60.24
Access to Exercise: 100
Walk Score: 77
Total Fit Score: 88.048

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oakland fittest cities

6
Oakland, CA

Population: 420,005
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.38
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 54.41
Access to Exercise: 96
Walk Score: 72
Total Fit Score: 88.482

seattle fittest cities

5
Seattle, WA

Population: 704,352
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.2
Physical Activity: 86
Healthy City Score: 67.08
Access to Exercise: 98
Walk Score: 73
Total Fit Score: 88.816

boulder fittest cities

4
Boulder, CO

Population: 108,090
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 2
Physical Activity: 91
Healthy City Score: N/A
Access to Exercise: 98
Walk Score: 58
Total Fit Score: 89.4

madison fittest cities

3
Madison, WI

Population: 252, 551
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.7
Physical Activity: 84
Healthy City Score: 56.99
Access to Exercise: 95
Walk Score: 49
Total Fit Score: 90.998

san francisco fittest cities

2
San Francisco, CA

Population: 864,816
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.2
Physical Activity: 84
Healthy City Score: 68.06
Access to Exercise: 100
Walk Score: 86
Total Fit Score: 91.612

boston fittest cities

1
Boston, MA

Population: 673,184
Gyms Per 10K Residents: 1.8
Physical Activity: 82
Healthy City Score: 54.06
Access to Exercise: 100
Walk Score: 81
Total Fit Score: 97.06

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