Which City Is America's Fittest?

Nation's Capital Is Fittest City in U.S., According to American College of Sports Medicine

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on May 26, 2009

May 26, 2009 -- Washington, D.C., tops the American College of Sports Medicine's new list of America's fittest cities.

The list is based on personal factors -- including the percentage of residents who smoke, are obese, get regular physical activity, eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and have conditions such as diabetes and heart disease -- and on local resources, such as parks, farmers' markets, number of primary health care providers, and crime rates.

Data came from sources including the CDC, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the nonprofit Trust for the Public Land.

Here is how the cities ranked:

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  3. Denver
  4. Boston
  5. San Francisco
  6. Seattle
  7. Portland
  8. San Diego
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. Virginia Beach, Va.
  11. Hartford, Conn.
  12. Sacramento, Calif.
  13. San Jose, Calif.
  14. Cincinnati
  15. Atlanta
  16. Pittsburgh
  17. Milwaukee, Wis.
  18. Buffalo, N.Y.
  19. Baltimore
  20. Raleigh, N.C.
  21. Kansas City, Mo./Kan.
  22. New York
  23. Tampa, Fla.
  24. Cleveland
  25. Chicago
  26. Nashville, Tenn.
  27. Philadelphia
  28. Jacksonville, Fla.
  29. Columbus, Ohio
  30. Los Angeles
  31. Miami
  32. Phoenix
  33. St. Louis
  34. Charlotte, N.C.
  35. Dallas
  36. Indianapolis
  37. Memphis, Tenn.
  38. Louisville, Ky.
  39. San Antonio
  40. Riverside, Calif.
  41. Houston
  42. Las Vegas
  43. Birmingham, Ala.
  44. Detroit
  45. Oklahoma City, Okla.

Five cities -- Orlando, Fla.; Providence, R.I.; Richmond, Va.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Salt Lake City -- weren't rated because of a lack of community/environmental data.

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ACSM American Fitness Index: "Actively Moving America to Better Health."

News release, American College of Sports Medicine.

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