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What's the fittest city in the U.S.?

Consumer Reports News: May 24, 2011 04:48 PM

That would be Minneapolis and St. Paul, according the American College of Sports Medicine. Each year, the organization ranks the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. based on health and fitness habits. Personal health as well as community and environmental indicators are used to score a city's overall health and fitness level.

The Twin Cities took the top spot this year for the first time in part because of fewer smokers. Other factors included an above-average percent of people exercising, and moderate-to-low rates of chronic health concerns like obesity, asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Last year's healthiest metropolitan area was Washington, D.C. This year it ranked a close second.

The Top 10 fittest and healthiest metropolitan areas:

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Denver, Colo.
  • San Francisco, Calif.
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Sacramento, Calif.

Of the 50 cities scored, here are the bottom 10, starting with the last in line:

  • Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Birmingham, Ala.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Riverside, Calif.
  • Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Houston, Texas
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Tampa, Fla.

You can see a full list of the fittest and healthiest areas in the United States at
Minneapolis St. Paul tops list of healthiest, fittest metro areas.

American Fitness Index [American College of Sports Medicine]

Maggie Shader

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