America's 10 Fittest Cities from America's 10 Fittest Cities

America's 10 Fittest Cities

In highlighting the 10 fittest and “least fit” cities from this ACSM’s 2015 American Fitness Index, we chose to highlight each city’s top point-earning categories as well as the categories that reflected the most need for improvement.

And while taking a look at the different factors that helped to define each city’s rank, we noticed a few patterns, particularly in the lower-scoring cities. It seems the lowest ranking cities need to most work on improving the consistency and frequency of both their aerobic and strength training activities and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their daily diets: two habits we know have the power to make significant health and fitness improvements.

Ultimately, as ACSM notes, the cities that ranked highest “have more strengths that support healthy living and fewer challenges that hinder it.” The opposite is true for the cities that ranked lowest, but all are commended for their areas of excellence and are encouraged to place future focuses on developing the areas where improvements are needed most.

Curious to see where your city landed on the list? For 2015, these are America’s 10 fittest cities. 

Click here to see the 10 "least fit" U.S. cities.

#10 San Jose, Calif.

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Score: 65.9/ 100
Top Point-Earning Categories: Large percentage of population eats three or more vegetables per day; low percentage of population that currently smokes; low obesity rates; low percentage of population reporting poor health in the past 30 days; low rates of heart disease related deaths
Needs Work On: Asthma rates; diabetes rates; rates of diabetes related deaths; percentage of baseball parks, golf courses, park units, swimming pools and tennis courts per capita 

#9 Boston, Mass.

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Score: 68.1/ 100
Top Point-Earning Categories: Low rates of heart disease related deaths; low rates of diabetes related deaths; large percentage of city parkland; farmer’s markets per capita; large percentage of population using public transportation to get to work
Needs Work On: Asthma rates; diabetes rates; parkland acreage per capita; percentage of dog parks, golf courses, recreation centers and swimming pools per capita

#8 Seattle, Wash.

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Score: 68.5/ 100
Top Point-Earning Categories: Low rates of heart disease related deaths; farmer’s markets per capita; large percentage of population using public transportation to get to work; large percentage of population bikes or walks to work; high Walk Score
Needs Work On: Obesity rates; percentage of population reporting poor health in the past 30 days; percentage of population reporting poor mental health in the past 30 days; asthma rates; rates of angina or heart disease

#7 Portland, Ore.

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Score: 69.6/ 100
Top Point-Earning Categories: Large percentage of population meeting CDC aerobic exercise guidelines; low rates of heart disease related deaths; large percentage of city parkland; parkland acreage per capita; farmer’s markets per capita
Needs Work On: Percentage of population that currently smokes; percentage of population reporting poor health in the past 30 days; percentage of population reporting poor mental health in the past 30 days; asthma rates; rates of angina or heart disease

#6 Denver, Colo.

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Score: 71.1/ 100
Top Point-Earning Categories: Low obesity rates; low rates of angina or heart disease; low rates of heart disease related deaths; low rates of diabetes-related deaths; farmer’s markets per capita
Needs Work On: Percentage of population that currently smokes; percentage of population reporting poor mental health in the past 30 days; asthma rates; percantage of city parkland; parkland acreage per capita

#5 Sacramento, Calif.

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Score: 71.4/ 100
Top Point-Earning Categories: Large percentage of population meets CDC aerobic and strength training exercise guidelines; large percentage of population eats two or more fruits per day; large percentage of population eats three or more vegetables per day; low rates of angina or heart disease; amount of famer’s markets per capita
Needs Work On: Percentage of population reporting poor mental health in the past 30 days; asthma rates; diabetes rates; rates of diabetes-related deaths; percentage of city parkland

#4 San Francisco, Calif.

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Score: 72.6/ 100
Top Point-Earning Categories: Large percentage of population eats three or more vegetables per day; low percentage of population that currently smokes; low obesity rates; low rates of angina and heart disease; low rates of diabetes-related deaths
Needs Work On: Percentage of population reporting poor health in the past 30 days; percentage of population reporting poor mental health in the past 30 days; asthma rates; diabetes rates; parkland acreage per capita

#3 San Diego, Calif.

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Score: 75.6/ 100
Top Point-Earning Categories: Large percentage of population meets CDC aerobic and strength training exercise guidelines; large percentage of population eats two or more fruits per day; large percentage of population eats three or more vegetables per day; low percentage of population that currently smokes; low obesity rates.
Needs Work On: Asthma rates; diabetes rates; commuter public transportation use; amount of golf courses, swimming pools and tennis courts

#2 Minneapolis, Minn

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Score: 75.6/ 100
Top Point-Earning Categories: Low rates of heart disease related deaths; large percentage of city parkland; farmer’s markets per capita; a large percentage of the population bikes or walks to work; high Walk Score
Needs Work On: Percentage of population eating three or more vegetables per day; parkland acreage per capita; number pools per capita; state requirements for Physical Education classes

#1 Washington, D.C.

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Score: 79.6/ 100
Top Point-Earning Categories: 
Low rates of angina or heart disease; low rates of heart disease related deaths; low rates of diabetes-related deaths; large percentage of city parkland; farmer’s markets per capita
Needs Work On: Percentage of population meeting CDC aerobic activity guidelines; asthma rates; diabetes rates; parkland acreage per capita; number of golf courses.​