Scottsdale 2016’s Best For Active Lifestyle

Scottsdale residents have it all; employed and physically fit. Tucson residents are broke, but at least they look good.

With “lose weight and get fit” being both the No. 1 most popular and No. 1 most commonly broken New Year’s resolution and the level of inactivity among Americans aged 6 and older increasing from 27.6 percent to 28.3 percent in the past year, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle.

To identify the cities that encourage balancing a healthy diet with ample physical activity, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across 24 key metrics. Their data set ranges from the average monthly fitness club fee to the number of swimming pools per capita to the number of parkland acres per capita.

Best Cities for an Active LifestyleWorst Cities for an Active Lifestyle
1Scottsdale, AZ91Hialeah, FL
2Orlando, FL92Columbus, OH
3Tampa, FL93Newark, NJ
4Cincinnati, OH94Fort Worth, TX
5Pittsburgh, PA95Memphis, TN
6Minneapolis, MN96North Las Vegas, NV
7Tucson, AZ97New York, NY
8Boise, ID98Jersey City, NJ
9Henderson, NV99Irving, TX
10Madison, WI100Laredo, TX

Comparing the Best & Worst

  • Orlando, Fla., has the highest number of sporting-goods stores per capita, which is 14 times greater than in Detroit, the city with the lowest.
  • The number of public golf courses per capita is highest in Scottsdale, AZ, 83 times above that of New York, which has the lowest.
  • Scottsdale, Ariz., has the highest number of fitness centers per capita, which is 19 times greater than in Newark, N.J., the city with the lowest.
  • Madison, Wis., has the highest number of fitness trainers and aerobics instructors per capita, which is 14 times greater than in Detroit, the city with the lowest.
  • Madison, Wis., has the highest number of park playgrounds per capita, which is 14 times greater than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the lowest.
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