2018’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle from 2018’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

2018’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

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2018’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

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BEST: Chicago, IL

Chicago topped the sports and outdoors subcategory, which takes into account basketball hoops per capita, swimming pools, tennis courts, public golf courses, dance schools, playgrounds, and similar facilities.

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BEST: Portland, OR

Portland has the third lowest percentage of physically inactive adults.

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BEST: San Francisco, CA

San Francisco has the highest number of dance schools (per square root of population), 0.0510, which is 36.4 times higher than in Fresno, California, the city with the lowest at 0.0014.

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BEST: San Diego, CA

San Diego is tied at the very top for having the most fitness centers per capita.

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BEST: Seattle, WA

Seattle is No. 1 when it comes to people already being active every day.

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BEST: Madison, WI

Madison is ranked fourth when it comes to having the most basketball hoops per capita as well as most playgrounds per capita.

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BEST: New York, NY

New York has the most sporting-goods stores per square root of population, 0.4500. Also, New York has the most playgrounds per square root of population, 0.5737.

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BEST: Denver, CO

Denver ranked ninth in the budget and participation category, which takes into account many factors, some of which include average monthly fitness club fees, average cost of sports apparel, and average sports club per capita.

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BEST: Boise, ID

Boise topped that same category, which has to do with the financial side of being able to lead an active lifestyle. Other factors taken into consideration include tennis courts, ice skating rinks, skateboard parks, and bike-rental facilities per capita.

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BEST: Minneapolis, MN

The city that’s hosting the Super Bowl didn’t top either of the two categories but it ranks high in both to make it to the 10th spot. In case you’re going for the Big Game, here is a list of things to do there.

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WORST: Jersey City, NJ

Jersey City is in the top 5 of having the fewest playgrounds and fewest tennis courts per capita. It takes the “honorable” last place when it comes to the number of fitness centers per capita.

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WORST: Memphis, TN

The Grind City ranked 83rd and 86th out of 100 in the “sports and outdoor” and “the budget and participation” categories, respectively.

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WORST: Garland, TX

What brings Garland so low in the ranking is the fact that is has few playgrounds per capita – it takes the 94th spot, out of 100.

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WORST: Laredo, TX

Laredo has the third lowest number of public golf courses and fitness centers per capita. The city also has the fewest number of basketball hoops per capita and the highest percentage of physically inactive adults.

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WORST: Arlington, TX

Arlington has the third lowest numbers of basketball hoops per capita.

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WORST: Newark, NJ

Newark fared poorly in the category that takes playgrounds per capita into consideration – it’s second to last. It’s also second to last in the public golf course per capita, and third to last in the physically inactive adults subcategory.

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WORST: Bakersfield, CA

This Californian city has the fewest fitness trainers and aerobics instructors per 100,000 residents - 31

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WORST: Irving, TX

Another city in Texas where maintaining an active lifestyle can be difficult. Irving has the fourth lowest number of public golf courses and tennis courts, and the fifth lowest number of basketball hoops per capita.

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North Las Vegas, NV

North Las Vegas is the city with the fewest sporting-goods stores per square root of population at 0.0271.

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WORST: Hialeah, FL

The city has the fewest playgrounds per square root of population – 0.0330.

2018’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle