Detroit ranks 8th lowest fittest U.S. city, study finds

Detroit finished 93rd on a 2019 fitness index analyzing the 100 largest U.S. cities.

The index, which is put together by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation, ranks the largest cities on community fitness resources as well as personal fitness indicators. It measures personal health behaviors, such as the percentage of residents who exercised in the past month; the share of the population with chronic diseases, such as obesity; and community resources, such as parks per 10,000 people and farmers markets per million people

Detroit ranked 97th on personal health measurements and 52nd 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 RankStatePersonal Health RankCommunity & Environment Rank
1Arlington, Va.11
4San Francisco513
5Madison, Wis.221
6Washington, D.C.135
7St. Paul, Minn.272
8Irvine, Calif.828
10Portland, Ore.2516
11Oakland, Calif.1034
12San Jose, Calif.447
13Boise, Idaho1633
14San Diego637
17Lincoln, Neb.3023
18Long Beach, Calif.1841
20Sacramento, Calif.3619
21St. Petersburg, Fla.3720
23Virginia Beach, Va.2143
24Santa Ana, Calif.972
27Los Angeles1758
28Durham, N.C.1184
29Chula Vista, Calif.1477
30Raleigh, N.C.2353
31Albuquerque, N.M.4032
32New York3335
33Stockton, Calif.2062
34Fremont, Calif.1969
36Newark, N.J.3936
37Anaheim, Calif.1293
38Richmond, Va.6317
39Colorado Springs, Colo.2467
40Aurora, Colo.2274
41 (tie)Buffalo, N.Y.6912
42 (tie)Orlando, Fla.5131
43Austin, Texas3845
44PLano, Texas4144
45Omaha, Neb.6225
46Tampa, Fla.6129
47Norfolk, Va.7211
48Nashville, Tenn.2878
49Reno, Nev.3560
50Jersey City, N.J.4749
51St. Louis7615
53Tucson, Ariz.5348
54New Orleans7322
55Hialeah, Fla.5846
56Greensboro, N.C.4665
58Riverside, Calif.4863
59Glendale, Ariz.5454
60Lubbock, Texas4959
62Anchorage, Alaska3592
64Fresno, Calif.4583
66Mesa, Ariz.5086
67Kansas City, Mo.7539
68Chandler, Ariz.5086
69Scottsdale, Ariz.5590
70Columbus, Ohio6856
72El Paso, Texas6766
74Lexington, Ky.6675
75Charlotte, N.C.4298
76Garland, Texas6589
77Jacksonville, Fla.8051
78Irving, Texas7071
79Baton Rouge, La.9238
80Laredo, Texas8450
81Winston-Salem, N.C.7180
82San Antonio, Texas7779
83Gilbert, Ariz.60100
84Chesapeake, Va.8164
85Las Vegas8573
86Fort Wayne, Ind.8476
87Memphis, Tenn.8868
88Fort Worth, Texas7996
89Henderson, Nev.8782
90Wichita, Kan.8688
91Corpus Christi, Texas10042
92Arlington, Texas8295
94Bakersfield, Calif.9191
95Louisville, Ky.9571
97Toledo, Ohio9957
98Tulsa, Okla.9861
99North Las Vegas, Nev.8997
100Oklahoma City9699
Source: American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index

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