If cities had personalities, Washington, D.C. would be that person constantly posting gym selfies, humblebragging about their healthy meals, and showing off their perfectly defined abs all the time.
At least that's what the American Fitness Index ranking of the healthiest cities would have us believe. D.C. topped the charts as the city in the best shape for the second year in a row, inspiring jealousy in all the other less fit cities.
But nobody's perfect—and that extends to health. That's the whole purpose behind releasing this annual measure of community fitness for the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. Though it might seem discouraging for the lower ranking cities, it's actually meant to raise awareness of physical fitness.
But how did the researchers figure out which city is in the best shape? It wasn't by the number of bikini bodies per capita. The index measured tons of data points, from the number of parks, golf courses, and swimming pools available to the public; to the percentage of citizens affected by diseases like asthma, diabetes, and heart disease; to even the number of people who walk, bike, or take public transportation to work.
Is your city one of the healthiest in the country? Check out the top ten, and read the full report for more information.
- Washington, D.C.
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- Sacramento, Calif.
- San Jose, Calif.
If you didn't see your city, it might be one of the ten unhealthiest places:
- Memphis, Tenn.
- Oklahoma City
- San Antonio
- Louisville, Ky.
- Nashville, Tenn.
- Birmingham, Ala.
- Charlotte, N.C.
- New Orleans
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