It’s back! Fitbit’s rankings of the Fittest Cities in America and your chance to earn some much-deserved bragging rights.
Once again, Fitbit researchers looked at data* from over 10 million Fitbit users nationwide, taking into account the following metrics:
- Duration of sleep per night
- Daily Reminders to Move goals met
- Daily steps
- Daily active minutes
- Resting heart rate
The results? Well, let’s just say, history didn’t repeat itself. See which city’s residents stepped it up—literally and figuratively—this year.
The Overall Fittest Cities in America
High-five to the Mid-West: Minnesota put two cities in the top 10 (with Duluth taking this year’s top spot), while Wisconsin represented with three cities in the top 10 (Appleton, Eau Claire, and last-year’s winner, Madison, which fell to sixth place).
The title of overall Fittest City in America is based on average rates for duration of sleep, Reminders to Move goals met, daily steps, daily active minutes, and resting heart rate.*
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Fitbit users in Eau Claire, Wisconsin catch the most Zzzs, with an average duration of 7 hours, 6 minutes and 43 seconds per night. Rounding out the top 10 were 6) Billings, Montana, 7) Boulder, Colorado, 8) Athens, Georgia, 9) Madison, Wisconsin and 10) Boise, Idaho.
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When it comes to steps, the Mid-West wins again! Fitbit users in Appleton, Wisconsin are the highest steppers, averaging 8,208 a day, and Green Bay, Wisconsin took the second slot. Two cities in Minnesota also made the top 10: Duluth, No. 3, and Rochester, No. 8.
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Staying true to their health-conscious reputation, Fitbit users in Boulder, Colorado represented the city with the most active minutes, with an average of 21.8 minutes per day. But the accolades were also shared east to west: Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, Pennsylvania, Oregon and California each had one city crack the top 10 list.
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*The 2017 Fittest Cities in America ranking is based on a representative sampling of aggregated and anonymized average 2016 data from more than 10 million Fitbit users nationwide.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.