The Worst Cities to Live in If You Want to Be Fit and Healthy

It's harder to stay active if you live in one of these U.S. cities, research shows.

It's no secret that being healthy and active is essential to living a long and happy life. Yet, many of us allow any number of obstacles to get in the way of maintaining our well-being. Whether it's work, family responsibilities, or simply a lack of motivation, there is no shortage of excuses as to why you don't always eat right or exercise as much as you should. And what makes matters worse are the additional barriers preventing you from achieving your fitness goals—like, as it turns out, where you live. Yes, the fact is, some places in the United States are just more conducive to getting fit than others.

In early 2020, personal finance site WalletHub analyzed data from the 100 largest U.S. cities to see which were better for people who wanted to live an active lifestyle. To determine their rankings, WalletHub incorporated 38 key indicators—ranging from average monthly fitness-club fee to the ratio of physically inactive adults. Then, they ranked each state on "budget and participation" and "sports and outdoors" to determine the final scores. Here are the 10 worst cities to live in if you want to be fit and healthy. And for more on how where you live affects your life, check out Here's How Long You're Likely to Live in Every State.

Stockton, California

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Overall score: 29.75

Budget and participation rank: 80

Sports and outdoors rank: 90

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Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas, USA downtown skyline at dusk.

Overall score: 29.75

Budget and participation rank: 39

Sports and outdoors rank: 100

Garland, Texas

Garland Texas aerial view

Overall score: 29.71

Budget and participation rank: 96

Sports and outdoors rank: 84

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San Bernardino, California

San Bernardino California

Overall score: 29.43

Budget and participation rank: 87

Sports and outdoors rank: 96

Irving, Texas

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Overall score: 28.99

Budget and participation rank: 94

Sports and outdoors rank: 92

And for the regions of the country where people tend to lack motivation, check out These Are the Laziest States in the U.S.

Laredo, Texas


Overall score: 28.58

Budget and participation rank: 99

Sports and outdoors rank: 74

Arlington, Texas

movie theater in Arlington Texas closed with sign asking people to wash hands and social distance

Overall score: 28.38

Budget and participation rank: 95

Sports and outdoors rank: 93

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Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield California

Overall score: 27.63

Budget and participation rank: 88

Sports and outdoors rank: 97

Hialeah, Florida

Hialeah Florida

Overall score: 25.86

Budget and participation rank: 97

Sports and outdoors rank: 98

North Las Vegas, Nevada

North Las Vegas, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

Overall score: 23.29

Budget and participation rank: 100

Sports and outdoors rank: 95