With “lose weight and get fit” being both the most popular and most commonly broken New Year’s resolution, and the level of inactivity among Americans aged 6 and older decreasing from 28.3% in 2014 to 27.7% in 2015, the personal finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2017’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle.
To identify the cities that encourage balancing a healthy diet with ample physical activity, analysts compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across 30 key metrics. The data set ranges from “average monthly fitness-club fee” to “bike score” to “share of physically inactive residents.”
Other key findings from the study include:
85.3: Orlando, FL has the most sporting-good stores per 100,000 residents, which is 50 times more than Greensboro, NC.
127.5: Scottsdale, AZ has the most public golf courses per 1 million residents, which is 90 times more than New York City.
156.15: Madison, WI has the most fitness trainers and aerobics instructors per 100,000 residents, which is 6.8 times more than Bakersfield, CA.
229.48: Scottsdale, AZ has the most fitness centers per 100,000 residents, which is 37.7 times more than Greensboro, NC.
71.98: Madison, WI has the most park playgrounds per 100,000 residents, which is 14.1 times more than Hialeah, FL.