The 50 Fattest Cities in America

The metropolises that are too big for their own good.

The 50 Fattest Cities in America
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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.

50
Worcester, MA

fattest cities

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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49
San Antonio, TX

fattest cities

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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48
Charleston, SC

fattest cities

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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47
Houston, TX

fattest cities

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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46
Allentown, PA

fattest cities

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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45
El Paso, TX

fattest cities

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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44
Grand Rapids, MI

fattest cities

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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43
Jacksonville, FL

fattest cities

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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42
Akron, OH

fattest cities

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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41
Kansas City, MO

fattest cities

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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40
Richmond, VA

fattest cities

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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39
Greenville, SC

fattest cities

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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38
Dallas, TX

fattest cities

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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37
Philadelphia, PA

fattest cities

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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36
Lexington, KY

fattest cities

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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35
Milwaukee, WI

fattest cities

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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34
Huntsville, AL

fattest cities

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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33
Dayton, OH

fattest cities

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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32
Scranton, PA

scranton fattest cities

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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31
Wichita, KS

fattest cities

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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30
Greensboro, NC

fattest cities

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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29
Fort Wayne, IN

fattest cities

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

28
Tulsa, OK

fattest cities

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

 

27
Nashville, TN

fattest cities

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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26
Fayetteville, AR

fattest cities

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

25
Oklahoma City, OK

fattest cities

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

24
Columbia, SC

fattest cities

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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23
Youngstown, OH

fattest cities

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

22
Columbus, OH

fattest cities

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

21
Myrtle Beach, SC

fattest cities

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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20
Knoxville, TN

fattest cities

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

19
Winston, NC

fattest cities

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

18
Canton, OH

fattest cities

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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17
Baton Rouge, LA

fattest cities

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

16
Baltimore, MD

fattest cities

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

15
McAllen, TX

mcallen texas fattest cities

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

14
Detroit, MI

fattest cities

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

13
Augusta, GA

fattest cities

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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12
Lafayette, LA

fattest cities

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

11
Birmingham, AL

fattest cities

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

10
New Orleans, LA

fattest cities

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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9
Chattanooga, TN

fattest cities

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

8
Indianapolis, IN

fattest cities

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

7
Toledo, OH

fattest cities

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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6
Little Rock, AR

fattest cities

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

5
Louisville, KY

fattest cities

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

4
Jackson, MS

fattest cities

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

3
Memphis, TN

fattest cities

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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2
Shreveport, LA

fattest cities

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

1
Mobile, AL

fattest cities

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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