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

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

Winner: Ozark


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2. Alaska

Winner: Anchorage


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3. Arizona

Winner: Tucson


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4. Arkansas

Winner: Little Rock


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5. California

Winner: San Diego


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6. Colorado

Winner: Denver


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7. Connecticut

Winner: Stratford


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8. Delaware

Winner: Seaford


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9. Florida

Winner: Jacksonville


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10. Georgia

Winner: Atlanta


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11. Hawaii

Winner: Honolulu


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12. Idaho

Winner: Boise


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13. Illinois

Winner: Chicago


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14. Indiana

Winner: Bloomington


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15. Iowa

Winner: Davenport


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16. Kansas

Winner: Wichita


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17. Kentucky

Winner: Louisville


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18. Louisiana

Winner: New Orleans


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19. Maine

Winner: Lewiston


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20. Maryland

Winner: Washington


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21. Massachusetts

Winner: Boston


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22. Michigan

Winner: Detroit


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23. Minnesota

Winner: Minneapolis


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24. Mississippi

Winner: Ridgeland


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25. Missouri

Winner: Kansas City


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26. Montana

Winner: Kalispell


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27. Nebraska

Winner: Omaha

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28. Nebraska

Winner: Henderson


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29. New Hampshire

Winner: Nashua


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30. New Jersey

Winner: Vineland


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31. New Mexico

Winner: Albuquerque


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32. New York

Winner: New York City


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33. North Carolina

Winner: Raleigh


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34. North Dakota

Winner: Bismarck


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35. Ohio

Winner: Columbus


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36. Oklahoma

Winner: Oklahoma City


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37. Oregon

Winner: Portland


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38. Pennsylvania

Winner: Philadelphia


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39. Rhode Island

Winner: Warwick


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40. South Carolina

Winner: Westminster


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41. South Dakota

Winner: Sioux Falls


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42. Tennessee

Winner: Memphis


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43. Texas

Winner: Houston


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44. Utah

Winner: Draper


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45. Virginia

Winner: Chesapeake


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46. Washington

Winner: Seattle


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47. West Virginia:

Winner: Youngstown


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48. Wisconsin

Winner: Milwaukee


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49. Wyoming

Winner: Woodridge

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