Is this the fittest city in your state?

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More than ever before, this past year has made Americans appreciate the opportunity to go outside and get moving, when socially distant and possible.

Since gyms have shut down or are operating at a lower capacity, going for a walk and exercising outdoors have become increasingly appealing ways to work out. Any chance to get outside nowadays is a welcome treat, especially when being outdoors can boost endorphins and improve our overall wellbeing.

It’s easier to take advantage of the outdoors when living in a city that prioritizes the accessibility and maintenance of its recreational facilities and public parks. Investing in parks and providing outdoor spaces for public recreation is as much an investment in residents’ health and wellbeing.

To honor the communities that have shown a commitment to the health and wellness of their residents, the data scientists at Insurify crunched the numbers to identify the most fitness-friendly cities in each state.

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Selection Process for Insurify’s 2021 Fittest Cities Awards

Is this the fittest city in your state?

The data scientists at Insurify, a platform to compare home insurance, referred to both proprietary and public data to identify the fittest cities. They rated U.S. cities based on a composite score of factors including residents with physically demanding or health- and fitness-promoting jobs as well as quality and access to parks and outdoor recreational facilities.

Insurify’s data scientists referred to their database of over 4 million car insurance applications to identify the cities with the highest proportion of residents with occupations that demand significant physical activity or promote health and fitness, ranging from park rangers, fitness club managers, and chiropractors, to dancers and choreographers.

To evaluate access to outdoor facilities and recreational spaces, Insurify’s team compiled data from Niche’s most recent Outdoor Activities rankings, which rates each city on its quality and access to the outdoors using key indicators of a location’s environment, such as air quality, local weather and access to natural amenities and outdoor recreation.

Also factored into the composite scores were, the Trust for Public Land’s Parkscore Rankings, which identify the cities with the highest proportion of residents living within a 10-minute walk to a park.

Gyms were not included in this study. Not only are gyms often inaccessible to lower-income residents, but many gyms have been operating at a minimal, or even completely shut down capacity over the past year due to COVID-19.

NOTE: Vermont is not listed.

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1. Alabama

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Ozark

 

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2. Alaska

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Anchorage

 

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3. Arizona

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Tucson

 

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4. Arkansas

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Little Rock

 

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5. California

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: San Diego

 

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6. Colorado

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Denver

 

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7. Connecticut

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Stratford

 

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8. Delaware

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Seaford

 

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9. Florida

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Jacksonville

 

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10. Georgia

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Atlanta

 

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11. Hawaii

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Honolulu

 

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12. Idaho

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Boise

 

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13. Illinois

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Chicago

 

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14. Indiana

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Bloomington

 

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15. Iowa

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Davenport

 

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16. Kansas

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Wichita

 

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17. Kentucky

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Louisville

 

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18. Louisiana

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: New Orleans

 

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19. Maine

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Lewiston

 

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20. Maryland

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Washington

 

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21. Massachusetts

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Boston

 

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22. Michigan

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Detroit

 

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23. Minnesota

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Minneapolis

 

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24. Mississippi

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Ridgeland

 

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25. Missouri

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Kansas City

 

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26. Montana

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Kalispell

 

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27. Nebraska

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Omaha

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28. Nebraska

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Henderson

 

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29. New Hampshire

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Nashua

 

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30. New Jersey

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Vineland

 

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31. New Mexico

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Albuquerque

 

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32. New York

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: New York City

 

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33. North Carolina

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Raleigh

 

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34. North Dakota

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Bismarck

 

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35. Ohio

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Columbus

 

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36. Oklahoma

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Oklahoma City

 

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37. Oregon

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Portland

 

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38. Pennsylvania

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Philadelphia

 

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39. Rhode Island

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Warwick

 

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40. South Carolina

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Westminster

 

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41. South Dakota

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Sioux Falls

 

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42. Tennessee

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Memphis

 

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43. Texas

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Houston

 

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44. Utah

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Draper

 

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45. Virginia

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Chesapeake

 

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46. Washington

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Seattle

 

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47. West Virginia:

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Youngstown

 

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48. Wisconsin

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Milwaukee

 

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49. Wyoming

Is this the fittest city in your state?

Winner: Woodridge

This article originally appeared on Insurify.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

 

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