The U.S. Cities Where People Exercise the Most – And Least

The U.S. Cities Where People Exercise the Most – And Least

Detail of young people jogging together in nature with sun setting behind them.: Exercise is on the rise among Americans, according to a new report.© (Getty Images) Exercise is on the rise among Americans, according to a new report. When it comes to exercise, Coloradoans are leading the pack.

The state is home to two communities – Boulder and Fort Collins – that claim the highest rates of regular exercise in the nation, according to a new report from Gallup-Sharecare. The report published Tuesday surveyed a subset of 354,473 adults nationwide between 2015 and 2016.

Nationally, exercise is on the rise, with 53.4 percent saying they exercise for 30 minutes or more, three or more days each week, according to the findings. That’s about two percentage points higher than in 2008, and the highest since Gallup and Sharecare began assessing exercise rates that year.

Nearly 70 percent of Boulder residents said they exercise three or more times a week. Greeley, a third metropolitan area in Colorado, ranked No. 4. California also saw multiple communities in the top 10.

Here are the communities with the highest rates of regular exercise:

Rank Community
1 Boulder, Colorado
2 Fort Collins, Colorado
3 San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles–Arroyo Grande, California
4 Greeley, Colorado
5 Santa Rosa, California
6 Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
7 Hilton Head Island–Bluffton–Beaufort, South Carolina
8 Anchorage, Alaska
9 Clarksville, TennesseeKentucky
10 Chico, California

Not all communities boasted high exercise rates. The report ranked 189 communities, and while the top had reported more than 65 percent of their population exercising regularly, the lowest communities had rates of 45 percent or less.

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