Austin ranks 43rd fittest U.S. city

Somewhat surprising in light of how active Austin residents are– is a ranking of the city in the bottom of the top half of 100 cities by a fitness index published by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation

Austin finished 43rd on a 2019 fitness index analyzing the 100 largest U.S. cities.

The index ranks the largest cities on community fitness resources as well as personal fitness indicators, measuring personal health behaviors like the percentage of residents who’ve exercised in the past month; the share of the population with chronic diseases like obesity; and community resources like the number of parks per 10,000 people and farmers markets per million people.

Austin ranked 38th on personal health measurements and 45th on community environment.

The study is designed to provide city leaders with information to help them improve their residents’ physical fitness by modifying policies and improving fitness options in the community.

Which of the 100 Biggest Cities Are the Most Fit?

Overall Rank State Personal Health Rank Community & Environment Rank
1 Arlington, Va. 1 1
2 Seattle 3 9
3 Minneapolis 7 4
4 San Francisco 5 13
5 Madison, Wis. 2 21
6 Washington, D.C. 13 5
7 St. Paul, Minn. 27 2
8 Irvine, Calif. 8 28
9 Denver 15 26
10 Portland, Ore. 25 16
11 Oakland, Calif. 10 34
12 San Jose, Calif. 4 47
13 Boise, Idaho 16 33
14 San Diego 6 37
15 Chicago 32 3
16 Pittsburgh 31 10
17 Lincoln, Neb. 30 23
18 Long Beach, Calif. 18 41
19 Boston 44 7
20 Sacramento, Calif. 36 19
21 St. Petersburg, Fla. 37 20
22 Atlanta 29 27
23 Virginia Beach, Va. 21 43
24 Santa Ana, Calif. 9 72
25 Milwaukee 59.5 6
26 Honolulu 26 40
27 Los Angeles 17 58
28 Durham, N.C. 11 84
29 Chula Vista, Calif. 14 77
30 Raleigh, N.C. 23 53
31 Albuquerque, N.M. 40 32
32 New York 33 35
33 Stockton, Calif. 20 62
34 Fremont, Calif. 19 69
35 Miami 43 30
36 Newark, N.J. 39 36
37 Anaheim, Calif. 12 93
38 Richmond, Va. 63 17
39 Colorado Springs, Colo. 24 67
40 Aurora, Colo. 22 74
41 (tie) Buffalo, N.Y. 69 12
42 (tie) Orlando, Fla. 51 31
43 Austin, Texas 38 45
44 PLano, Texas 41 44
45 Omaha, Neb. 62 25
46 Tampa, Fla. 61 29
47 Norfolk, Va. 72 11
48 Nashville, Tenn. 28 78
49 Reno, Nev. 34.5 60
50 Jersey City, N.J. 47 49
51 St. Louis 76 15
52 Baltimore 78 14
53 Tucson, Ariz. 53 48
54 New Orleans 73 22
55 Hialeah, Fla. 58 46
56 Greensboro, N.C. 46 65
57 Cincinnati 74 24
58 Riverside, Calif. 48 63
59 Glendale, Ariz. 54 54
60 Lubbock, Texas 49 59
61 Dallas 57 55
62 Anchorage, Alaska 35 92
63 Philadelphia 93 8
64 Fresno, Calif. 45 83
65 Cleveland 90 18
66 Mesa, Ariz. 50 86
67 Kansas City, Mo. 75 39
68 Chandler, Ariz. 50 86
69 Scottsdale, Ariz. 55 90
70 Columbus, Ohio 68 56
71 Phoenix 52 94
72 El Paso, Texas 67 66
73 Houston 64 81
74 Lexington, Ky. 66 75
75 Charlotte, N.C. 42 98
76 Garland, Texas 65 89
77 Jacksonville, Fla. 80 51
78 Irving, Texas 70 70.5
79 Baton Rouge, La. 92 38
80 Laredo, Texas 84 50
81 Winston-Salem, N.C. 71 80
82 San Antonio, Texas 77 79
83 Gilbert, Ariz. 60 100
84 Chesapeake, Va. 81 64
85 Las Vegas 85 73
86 Fort Wayne, Ind. 84 76
87 Memphis, Tenn. 88 68
88 Fort Worth, Texas 79 96
89 Henderson, Nev. 87 82
90 Wichita, Kan. 86 88
91 Corpus Christi, Texas 100 42
92 Arlington, Texas 82 95
93 Detroit 97 52
94 Bakersfield, Calif. 91 91
95 Louisville, Ky. 95 70.5
96 Indianapolis 94 85
97 Toledo, Ohio 99 57
98 Tulsa, Okla. 98 61
99 North Las Vegas, Nev. 89 97
100 Oklahoma City 96 99

Source: American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index

This is a revised article first published by The Center Square.

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