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According to Men's Health Magazine, the following are the most and least active cities in the U.S. I always take these kind of things with a healthy dose of skepticism, but they are kind of fun to look over. Where does your berg rank?



Slug city: Most and least active places
We rank the best and worst places for exercise
By Christa Sgobba


It's a good bet that most residents of Jackson, Mississippi, don't know the phrase "lazy days of summer." To them, every day is a good day to avoid expending energy. Is it the heat? The humidity? Blame peer pressure—or rather, the absence of it, says Jeffrey Hallam, Ph.D., the founding director of the University of Mississippi Center for Health Behavior Research. "In Portland, Oregon, many people bicycle or walk everywhere, and there is a social expectation that others should bike or walk," he says. "But in Mississippi, that expectation to be physically active isn't as strong."


MOST ACTIVE

1.    Portland, OR
2.    Boise, ID
3.    Salt Lake City, UT
4.    Minneapolis, MN
5.    St. Paul, MN
6.    Denver, CO
7.    Seattle, WA
8.    Madison, WI
9.    Oakland, CA
10.  Aurora, CO

11.    San Francisco, CA
12.    San Jose, CA
13.    Colorado Springs, CO
14.    Sacramento, CA
15.    Manchester, NH
16.    Austin, TX
17.    San Diego, CA
18.    Reno, NV
19.    Stockton, CA
20.    Billings, MT

21.    Omaha, NE
22.    Cheyenne, WY
23.    Chicago, IL
24.    Las Vegas, NV
25.    Washington, DC
26.    Boston, MA
27.    Des Moines, IA
28.    Phoenix, AZ
29.    Portland, ME
30.    Lincoln, NE

31.    Tucson, AZ
32.    Kansas City, MO
33.    Burlington, VT
34.    Fargo, ND
35.    Honolulu, HI
36.    Wichita, KS
37.    Fresno, CA
38.    Albuquerque, NM
39.    Milwaukee, WI
40.    Atlanta, GA

41.    Sioux Falls, SD
42.    Bridgeport, CT
43.    Indianapolis, IN
44.    Anchorage, AK
45.    St. Petersburg, FL
46.    Cincinnati, OH
47.    Cleveland, OH
48.    Los Angeles, CA
49.    Miami, FL
50.    Fort Wayne, IN

51.    St. Louis, MO
52.    Wilmington, DE
53.    Pittsburgh, PA
54.    Detroit, MI
55.    Chesapeake, VA
56.    Raleigh, NC
57.    Oklahoma City, OK
58.    New York, NY
59.    Fort Worth, TX
60.    Durham, NC

61.    Anaheim, CA
62.    Houston, TX
63.    Columbus, OH
64.    Jacksonville, FL
65.    San Antonio, TX
66.    San Bernardino, CA
67.    Virginia Beach, VA
68.    Riverside, CA
69.    Buffalo, NY
70.    Tampa, FL

71.    Providence, RI
72.    Norfolk, VA
73.    Bakersfield, CA
74.    Plano, TX
75.    Baltimore, MD
76.    Orlando, FL
77.    Charlotte, NC
78.    Louisville, KY
79.    Dallas, TX
80.    Baton Rouge, LA

81.    Tulsa, OK
82.    Toledo, OH
83.    Jersey City, NJ
84.    Greensboro, NC
85.    Laredo, TX
86.    El Paso, TX
87.    Newark, NJ
88.    Philadelphia, PA
89.    Lubbock, TX
90.   Winston-Salem, NC

LEAST ACTIVE

91.    Little Rock, AR
92.    Corpus Christi, TX
93.    New Orleans, LA
94.    Memphis, TN
95.    Lexington, KY
96.    Birmingham, AL
97.    Columbia, SC
98.    Nashville, TN
99.    Charleston, WV
100.  Jackson, MS


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#6 Suprised Mn made it in the top 5. Don't they sit around and eat brats all day or is that Wisconsin?
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Fort Collins and Boulder not on the list?  Must be a size thing.
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Mammoth Lakes, Ca...?
Maybe the city has to have more than 7032 occupants.


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Any general population that is less active than the people around here (Buffalo, 69th) has to have a percentage of quadriplegics connected to iron lungs.  People who don't have handicapped parking stickers just park in the fire lanes right next to the door to avoid a 30 yard walk.
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Fort Collins and Boulder not on the list?  Must be a size thing.

Neither Bend or Eugene either.
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Fort Collins and Boulder not on the list?  Must be a size thing.

Its like Jer said about the skepticism. It depends on what they are judging it on. It could be number of bikes sold or people just counting overweight people and writing it on a clipboard. I heard in one poll that Boulder was #1. That was likely a poll taken by the Boulder travelers bureau.  :D
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Got to agree with eyebp.  Probably pretty arbitrary.  I don't think it's population as a number of cities larger than mine didn't appear any where on the list and judging from my walks around town, it's hard to imagine them not being as active as my town.  I've got to think that places like Eugene, Ft Collins and Boulder, with their large university presence have to be more active than folks around here. Still, food for discussion.

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A cursory glance at the list seems to indicate the south / southeast areas as 'least active'.  Given the oppressive heat and humidity, I can't say I blame the people there...  :O

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Washington DC made it at 25 because of traffic. We can't do anything because we're stuck in our cars.
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Cherry picking at it's best.

Go to any other site and you get a different list.

This is the map produced by Time Magazine showing the most "active" people from CDC data strictly showing the amount of active exercise. Not BMI, not obesity. Yellow is most active, blue least.

You could throw a dart anywhere in CO or MN, of all places, and come up with an entirely different list. Montana looks really low down on the list on this graphic, and I wouldn't have have guessed that, but stats is stats....

"Men's Health" or the CDC, who do you trust ?



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Cherry picking at it's best.

but stats is stats....

No arguement from me.  As for stats, what was it Mark Twain said?  "There's lies, there's damn lies, and then there's statistics."

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I'm surprised not to see Flagstaff in the top 100.  I wonder if isn't big enough to qualify.
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69% of statistics are made up on the spot.

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