2021’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

2021’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

Despite the pandemic, there are plenty of ways to stay active while still practicing social distancing, including taking virtual fitness classes.

As we begin a new year, it’s the perfect time to start, too.

Two of Americans’ top four New Year’s resolutions are “exercising more” and “losing weight.

At the same time, as many as 80% to 91% of people fail to keep their resolutions each year.

The personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle, as well as accompanying videos.

Source: WalletHub

2021’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

To determine where Americans have the best chance of remaining active despite the pandemic, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities across 36 key metrics.

The data set ranges from the average monthly fitness-club fee to bike score to the prevalence of COVID-19.

Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle
1. Honolulu, HI 91. Corpus Christi, TX
2. Portland, OR 92. Birmingham, AL
3. San Diego, CA 93. Bakersfield, CA
4. San Francisco, CA 94. Irving, TX
5. Chicago, IL 95. San Bernardino, CA
6. Seattle, WA 96. Laredo, TX
7. Austin, TX 97. Jersey City, NJ
8. Denver, CO 98. Newark, NJ
9. Los Angeles, CA 99. Hialeah, FL
10. Washington, DC 100. North Las Vegas, NV

Best vs. Worst

  • Orlando, Florida, has the most sporting-goods stores (per square root of population), 0.386839, which is 11.9 times more than in North Las Vegas, Nevada, the city with the fewest at 0.032567.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, has the most public golf courses (per square root of population), 0.079904, which is 40.7 times more than in Laredo, Texas, among the cities with the fewest at 0.001964.

Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

  • Boston has the most fitness trainers and aerobics instructors per 100,000 residents, 229, which is 8.2 times more than in Corpus Christi, Texas, the city with the fewest at 28.
  • New York has the most playgrounds (per square root of population), 0.629307, which is 12.7 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.049557.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, click here.

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