The 50 Best American Cities for Runners

The best jogger paradises, from coast to coast.

The 50 Best American Cities for Runners

The best jogger paradises, from coast to coast.

So you’re one of America’s 65 million active runners. Congrats! You’re well on your way to a stronger heart, a seriously deft and nimble brain, and a stress-free, longer life. But do you know the best places in America where you can bound out of bed for your favorite exercise?

We certainly do. We’ve crunched the relevant data on America’s running capitals—taking into account the number of available parks (via the Trust for Public Land), the local climate (via U.S. Climate Data), the number of road races held annually (courtesy of RunningInTheUSA), the air quality (courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency), the area’s walkability (via WalkScore), and the percentage of locals who live within an easy ten minutes from a great green space where they can run to their heart’s delight away from the harsh surface of concrete—and created a proprietary “running score.” Here you’ll find the top 50 runners’ paradises in America, from the least running-friendly to the most-running friendly.

So read on, and see if your city makes the grade. And since it’s officially fall race season, don’t miss the 4 Essentials Steps for Running a Perfect Race!

Anaheim is one of the best cities for runners

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Anaheim, CA

Walkability: 54
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 252
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 8%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 19%
Air Quality Index: 72
Average Temperature: 67.05°F
Runner Score: 38.80

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Colorado Springs is one of the best cities for runners

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Colorado Spring, CO

Walkability: 50
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 52
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 9%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 24%
Air Quality Index: 45
Average Temperature: 48.95°F
Runner Score: 39.80

 Richmond is one of the best cities for runners

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Richmond, VA

Walkability: 51
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 55
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 5%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 26%
Air Quality Index: 2
Average Temperature: 58.75°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 116
Runner Score: 40.38

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Tampa is one of the best cities for runners

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Tampa, FL

Walkability: 50
Number of Races Within 25 Miles:139
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 7%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 18%
Air Quality Index: 23
Average Temperature: 73.35°F
Runner Score: 40.64

Detroit is one of the best cities for runners

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Detroit, MI

Walkability:  55
Number of Races Within 25 Miles:114
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 6%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 28%
Air Quality Index: 56
Average Temperature: 48.7°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 133
Runner Score: 41.02

Sacramento is one of the best cities for runners

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Sacramento, CA

Walkability: 47
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 92
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 8%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 29%
Air Quality Index: 43
Average Temperature: 60.95°F
Runner Score: 41.13

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Santa Ana is one of the best cities for runners

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Santa Ana, CA

Walkability: 66
Number of Races Within 25 Miles:185
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 4%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 25%
Air Quality Index:72
Average Temperature: 65.6°F
Runner Score: 42.13

Hialeah is one of the best cities for runners

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Hialeah, FL

Walkability: 69
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 115
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 1%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 19%
Air Quality Index: 29
Average Temperature: 75.95°F
Runner Score: 43.04

Toledo is one of the best cities for runners

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Toledo, OH

Walkability: 46
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 40
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 6%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 27%
Average Temperature: 53.4°F
Runner Score: 43.50

Cincinnati is one of the best cities for runners

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Cincinnati, OH

Walkability: 49
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 65
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 14%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park:25%
Air Quality Index: 51
Average Temperature: 54.65°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 132
Runner Score: 44.13

Lincoln is one of the best cities for runners

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Lincoln, NE

Walkability: 43
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 16
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 7%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 33%
Average Temperature: 51.5°F
Runner Score: 45.40

Cleveland is one of the best cities for runners

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Cleveland, OH

Walkability: 60
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 85
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 6%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 29%
Air Quality Index: 42
Average Temperature: 51.35°F
Runner Score: 45.63

Omaha is one of the best cities for runners

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Omaha, NE

Walkability: 45
Number of Races Within 25 Miles:  28
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 14%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 28%
Air Quality Index: 30
Average Temperature: 50.65°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 98
Runner Score: 46.20

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Los Angeles is one of the best cities for runners

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Los Angeles, CA

Walkability: 67
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 212
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 13%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 15%
Air Quality Index: 73
Average Temperature: 63.8°F
Runner Score: 47.13

Denver is one of the best cities for runners

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Denver, CO

Walkability: 61
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 160
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 8%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 33%
Air Quality Index: 70
Average Temperature: 50.7°F
Runner Score: 47.33

Irvine is one of the best cities for runners

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Irvine, CA

Walkability: 44
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 163
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 20%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 27%
Air Quality Index: 72
Average Temperature: 63.5°F
Runner Score: 47.58

Anchorage is one of the best cities for runners

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Anchorage, AK

Walkability: 32
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 11
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 20%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 25%
Air Quality Index: 2
Average Temperature: 37°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 103
Runner Score: 48.44

St. Petersburg is one of the best cities for runners

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St. Petersburg, FL

Walkability: 43
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 119
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 16%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 25%
Air Quality Index: 26
Runner Score: 48.64

Aurora is one of the best cities for runners

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Aurora, CO

Walkability: 43
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 142
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 13%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 33%
Air Quality Index: 35
Runner Score: 48.72

Buffalo is one of the best cities for runners

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Buffalo, NY

Walkability: 68
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 25
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 7%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 22%
Air Quality Index: 23
Average Temperature: 48.25°F
Runner Score: 48.79

Las Vegas is one of the best cities for runners

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Las Vegas, NV

Walkability: 41
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 68
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 20%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 24%
Air Quality Index: 31
Average Temperature: 69.3°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 21
Runner Score: 49.03

Lexington is one of the best cities for runners

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Lexington, KY

Walkability: 80
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 42
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 2%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 13%
Average Temperature: 55.55°F
Runner Score: 49.55

Louisville is one of the best cities for runners

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Louisville, KY

Walkability: 95
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 37
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 7%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 4%
Air Quality Index: 40
Average Temperature: 58.2°F
Runner Score: 50.76

San Diego is one of the best cities for runners

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San Diego, CA

Walkability:  51
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 87
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 20%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 28%
Air Quality Index: 61
Average Temperature: 63.65°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 43
Runner Score: 51.51

Albuquerque is one of the best cities for runners

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Albuquerque, NM

Walkability: 43
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 35
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area:20%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 31%
Air Quality Index: 29
Average Temperature: 57.1°F
Runner Score: 53.04

Madison is one of the best cities for runners

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Madison, WI

Walkability: 49
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 59
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 14%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park:35%
Air Quality Index: 23
Average Temperature: 46.3°F
Runner Score: 53.64

New Orleans is one of the best cities for runners

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New Orleans, LA

Walkability: 58
Number of Races Within 25 Miles:
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 20%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 28%
Air Quality Index: 53
Average Temperature: 69.55°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 108
Runner Score: 54.17

St. Louis is one of the best cities for runners

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St. Louis, MO

Walkability: 65
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 121
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 9%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 35%
Air Quality Index: 46
Average Temperature: 54.75°F
Runner Score: 54.36

Milwaukee is one of the best cities for runners

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Milwaukee, WI

Walkability: 6
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 81
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 10%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 34%
Air Quality Index: 31
Average Temperature: 47.75°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 121
Runner Score:  54.86

Long Beach is one of the best cities for runners

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Long Beach, CA

Walkability:  70
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 223
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 10%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 30%
Air Quality Index: 63
Average Temperature: 64.8°F
Runner Score: 55.08

Miami is one of the best cities for runners

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Miami, FL

Walkability: 74
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 103
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 6%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 30%
Air Quality Index: 29
Average Temperature: 52.65°F
Runner Score: 55.74

Pittsburgh is one of the best cities for runners

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Pittsburgh, PA

Walkability: 62
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 167
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 10%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 32%
Air Quality Index: 28
Average Temperature: 52°F
Runner Score: 56.51

Nashville is one of the best cities for runners

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Nashville, TN

Walkability: 91
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 81
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area:11%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park:  7%
Air Quality Index: 33
Average Temperature: 59.25°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 119
Runner Score: 56.53

Boise is one of the best cities for runners

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Boise, ID

Walkability: 88
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 24
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 8%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park:19%
Air Quality Index: 22
Average Temperature: 52.5°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 82
Runner Score: 58.43

Baltimore is one of the best cities for runners

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Baltimore, MD

Walkability: 69
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 181
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area:10%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 32%
Air Quality Index: 28
Average Temperature: 58.45°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 111
Runner Score: 60.36

Arlington is one of the best cities for runners

15
Arlington, VA

Walkability: 69
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 254
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 11%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 39%
Air Quality Index: 65
Average Temperature: 58.15°F
Runner Score: 60.52

Oakland is one of the best cities for runners

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Oakland, CA

Walkability: 72
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 271
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 12%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 32%
Air Quality Index: 60
Average Temperature: 59.2°F
Runner Score: 60.78

Portland is one of the best cities for runners

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Portland, OR

Walkability:  65
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 120
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 19%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 33%
Air Quality Index: 38
Average Temperature: 54.5°F
Runner Score: 64.67

Chicago is one of the best cities for runners

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Chicago, IL

Walkability:  78
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 119
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 10%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park:39%
Air Quality Index: 35
Average Temperature: 51.3°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 119
Runner Score: 65.64

Minneapolis is one of the best cities for runners

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Minneapolis, MN

Walkability: 69
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 150
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 15%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 39%
Air Quality Index: 32
Average Temperature: 46.15°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 112
Runner Score: 67.42

Seattle is one of the best cities for runners

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Seattle, WA

Walkability: 73
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 136
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 13%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 37%
Air Quality Index: 22
Average Temperature: 52.65°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 147
Runner Score: 67.73

Honolulu is one of the best cities for runners

9
Honolulu, HI

Walkability: 64
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 34
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 20%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 32%
Air Quality Index: 6
Average Temperature: 77.6°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 154
Runner Score: 67.85

Philadelphia is one of the best cities for runners

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Philadelphia, PA

Walkability: 79
Number of Races Within 25 Miles:  258
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 13%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 37%
Air Quality Index: 29
Average Temperature: 55.85°F
Runner Score: 72.62

Newark is one of the best cities for runners

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Newark, NJ

Walkability: 80
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 648
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 6%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 35%
Air Quality Index: 24
Average Temperature: 54.9°F
Runner Score: 75.70

San Francisco is one of the best cities for runners

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San Francisco, CA

Walkability: 86
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 242
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 20%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 40%
Air Quality Index: 60
Average Temperature: 57.3°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 68
Runner Score: 79.05

Washington DC is one of the best cities for runners

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Washington DC

Walkability: 77
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 249
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 20%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 39%
Air Quality Index: 22
Average Temperature: 55.7°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 115
Runner Score: 80.56

Boston is one of the best cities for runners

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Boston, MA

Walkability: 81
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 393
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 18%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 39%
Air Quality Index: 18
Average Temperature: 51.4°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 120
Runner Score: 84.83

Jersey City is one of the best cities for runners

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Jersey City, NJ

Walkability: 87
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 653
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 19%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 36%
Air Quality Index: 24
Average Temperature: 52.65°F
Runner Score: 92.83

New York City is one of the best cities for runners

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New York, NY

Walkability: 89
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 635
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 20%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 39%
Air Quality Index: 21
Average Temperature: 55.15°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 121
Runner Score: 96.38

Saint Paul is one of the best cities for runners

1
Saint Paul, MN

Walkability: 150
Number of Races Within 25 Miles: 150
Parkland as Percent of Adjusted City Area: 16%
Percent of Residents Within 10 Min Walk of Park: 39%
Air Quality Index: 32
Average Temperature: 47.05°F
Days Per Year with Precipitation: 59
Runner Score: 99.40

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