When it comes to how “fit” a city is, you can look at several factors. How many parks and public recreation spaces are available, gym memberships sold, whether salad bars out number all-you-can-eat buffets—all of these can be good indicators of how where you live could set you up for health and fitness success. But none of those measures take a city’s inhabitants into account. So when Fitbit data scientists sat down to think about what makes a city fit, they put YOU front and center.
Fitbit researchers looked at aggregated data from over 10 million users in 2015* and crunched the numbers to figure out which cities ranked highest overall. After evaluating the average number of steps, active minutes, resting heart rate, and sleep duration, several spots stood out. Here are the top ten fittest cities in America. Plus, where those cities (and others) rank for each of the four Fitbit fit factors.
America’s Fittest Cities*
- Madison, WI
- Minneapolis, MN
- Spokane, WA
- Boston, MA
- Portland, OR
- Grand Rapids, MI
- Lincoln, NE
- San Francisco, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Washington D.C.
Cities with the Most Steps*
These five cities took stepping to the next level in 2015. (Find out if 10,000 steps per day is the best target for you, or if you need to pick up your feet more often.)
Cities with the Most Active Minutes*
Cities with the Lowest Resting Heart Rate*
A lower resting heart rate (RHR) can be an indicator of better overall fitness.
Cities that Sleep the Most*
When it comes to total hours slept each night, these locales get the most Zzzz’s. (Learn why you even need sleep from Fitbit sleep advisors.)
*Based on aggregated data from over 10 million users in 2015. Fitbit evaluated the average number of steps, calories burned, active minutes, resting heart rate, and sleep duration to determine the fittest cities in the United States of America. All of the cities on the list have residents or visitors with top levels of activity in their everyday life.
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.