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CDC: Disabled Less Active Than Others

Nearly Two-Thirds of Adults With Disabilities Don’t Get Enough Physical Activity

Most Active States

Most Americans have room for improvement in their level of physical activity.

Overall, less than half of adults -- 46.8% -- report meeting the government's minimum recommended amount of physical activity.

The CDC's report shows how states (and Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.) ranked in their 2005 percentage of adults who met the government's minimal physical activity recommendation.

Places with the same percentage of physically active adults are ranked together.

  1. Alaska: 56.7%
  2. Vermont: 55.9%
  3. Wisconsin: 55.6%
  4. Wyoming: 54.8%
  5. Montana: 54.7%
  6. New Hampshire: 54.4%
  7. Oregon: 54.3%
  8. Washington: 52.9%
  9. Maine and Utah: 52.8%
  10. California: 52.7%
  11. Colorado: 52.5%
  12. Arizona and Idaho: 52.3%
  13. Hawaii: 52%
  14. Massachusetts: 51.3%
  15. Washington, D.C.: 50.7%
  16. Connecticut: 50%
  17. New Mexico and Rhode Island: 49.6%
  18. Minnesota and Nevada: 49.5%
  19. Virginia: 48.8%
  20. Michigan: 48%
  21. Kansas: 47.8%
  22. Maryland and Ohio: 47.6%
  23. Pennsylvania: 47.5%
  24. North Dakota: 47.1%
  25. South Dakota: 46.9%
  26. New York: 46.4%
  27. Indiana: 46.1%
  28. Illinois and Missouri: 45.8%
  29. Nebraska: 45.3%
  30. Iowa: 45.2%
  31. Texas: 44.8%
  32. Arkansas and Delaware: 44.7%
  33. New Jersey: 44.5%
  34. Florida: 44.4%
  35. South Carolina: 43.7%
  36. Alabama: 41.9%
  37. Oklahoma: 41.3%
  38. North Carolina: 41.1%
  39. U.S. Virgin Islands: 40.4%
  40. Georgia: 40.2%
  41. West Virginia: 39.6%
  42. Mississippi: 38.6%
  43. Louisiana: 36.5%
  44. Tennessee: 35.4%
  45. Kentucky: 32.9%
  46. Puerto Rico: 32.2%

Most Sedentary States

The CDC also lists the percentage of people who are physically inactive, defined as those who report being physically active for less than 10 minutes per week. Very few people -- almost 16% nationwide -- were in that category.

Here are the state-by-state rankings, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C. Places with the same percentage of physically inactive adults are ranked together.

  1. Puerto Rico: 37.3%
  2. Kentucky: 28.8%
  3. Louisiana: 25.3%
  4. Tennessee: 24.3%
  5. West Virginia: 24%
  6. U.S. Virgin Islands: 22.3%
  7. Mississippi: 21.9%
  8. Alabama: 20.1%
  9. North Carolina: 19.5%
  10. Georgia: 19%
  11. Oklahoma: 18.1%
  12. New Jersey: 18%
  13. New York: 17.1%
  14. Rhode Island: 17%
  15. Arkansas: 16.8%
  16. Florida: 16.7%
  17. Texas and Washington, D.C.: 16.1%
  18. Illinois: 16%
  19. Nebraska: 15.9%
  20. Indiana: 15.1%
  21. Delaware: 14.9%
  22. Maryland, Massachusetts, and South Carolina: 14.8%
  23. Iowa and Michigan 14.6%
  24. Pennsylvania: 14.5%
  25. Kansas: 14.3%
  26. New Mexico: 14.2%
  27. Ohio: 14.1%
  28. Missouri: 13.6%
  29. South Dakota: 13.5%
  30. Connecticut, Idaho, and Nevada: 12.9%
  31. Arizona: 12.7%
  32. North Dakota: 12.6%
  33. California: 12.5%
  34. Hawaii: 12.4%
  35. Maine: 12.2%
  36. Virginia: 12.1%
  37. New Hampshire: 12%
  38. Alaska and Oregon: 11.8%
  39. Wyoming: 11.7%
  40. Minnesota: 11.4%
  41. Vermont: 11.2%
  42. Colorado: 10.8%
  43. Montana and Washington: 10.6%
  44. Wisconsin: 9.6%
  45. Utah: 9.5%
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