Special Report

The Laziest City in Each State

46. Virginia
> Laziest city:
Lynchburg
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 73.5%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 77.8%
> Obesity rate: 29.1%
> City population: 252,560

Lynchburg adults have the worst exercise habits in a state where most residents have fairly good habits. In Virginia, 77.8% of residents report regular physical activity, a larger share than the 73.0% of Americans who do. While Lynchburg adults are not as active as statewide residents, they are still about as active as Americans overall, with 73.5% of residents reporting regular exercise.

Areas with higher incomes tend to have residents who exercise more, and vice versa. In Lynchburg, the typical household makes just $47,567 annually, the second lowest median income in the state.

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47. Washington
> Laziest city:
Longview
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 76.8%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 81.9%
> Obesity rate: 34.6%
> City population: 102,138

In Washington, 81.9% of residents report regular physical activity, the fifth highest share of any state in the country. While Longview adults are not as active as their statewide counterparts, they are still more active than Americans overall. Compared to the 73.0% of Americans who report regular exercise, 76.8% of Longview residents are physically active.

Less active populations are more likely to be obese, and Longview is no exception. Of all adults in the metro area, 34.6% are obese, 7.3 percentage points higher than Washington state’s 27.3% obesity rate. Populations with higher incomes are often more physically active, and vice versa. In Longview, the typical household makes just $42,223 annually, the lowest median income in the state.

48. West Virginia
> Laziest city:
Beckley
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 64.0%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 67.5%
> Obesity rate: 34.5%
> City population: 124,882

Not only is Beckley the laziest city in West Virginia, it is the laziest in the country. Nearly 36% of adults in the metro area report getting no physical activity whatsoever, about 10 percentage points more than the 27.0% of Americans who report the same. While Beckley is the least active in the state, West Virginia is also fairly lazy overall. Just 32.5% of residents statewide do not engage in physical activity regularly, the second highest share in the country.

West Virginia also has some of the worst health outcomes in the country. Roughly One-third of West Virginian adults are obese, a higher share than in all but two states. Likewise, residents report feeling physically unhealthy for 4.9 days out of the last month on average, the highest nationwide. Beckley residents are even more unhealthy, with a 34.5% obesity rate and an average of 5.0 days of feeling physically unwell in the last month. Populations with higher incomes tend to exercise more, and vice versa. The typical Beckley household makes just $39,498 annually, the lowest median income in the state.

49. Wisconsin
> Laziest city:
Fond du Lac
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 76.9%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 78.9%
> Obesity rate: 29.3%
> City population: 101,577

Fond du Lac is the least active city in a particularly active state. In Wisconsin, 78.9% of residents report regular physical activity, 5.9 percentage points more than the 73.0% of Americans who do. While Fond du Lac adults are not as active as statewide residents, they are still more active than Americans overall, with 76.9% of residents reporting regular physical activity. Less active populations are more likely to be in poorer physical health. In Fond du Lac, however, the obesity rate of 29.3% is roughly similar to Wisconsin’s 28.8% obesity rate. Similarly, adults in the metro area report feeling physically unhealthy for 2.9 days out of a month on average, roughly in line with the national/state average. Populations with higher levels of education are often more physically active, and vice versa. Just 21.4% of Fond du Lac adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, the second lowest share in the state.

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50. Wyoming
> Laziest city:
Casper
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 76.3%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 77.2%
> Obesity rate: 27.1%
> City population: 75,876

Casper is the least active city in a fairly active state. In Wyoming, 77.2% of residents report regular physical activity, significantly more than the 73.0% of Americans who do. While Casper adults are not as active as statewide residents, they are still more active than Americans overall with 76.3% of residents getting exercise regularly.

Less active populations tend to have higher obesity rates. In Casper, however, the obesity rate of 27.1% is roughly similar to Wyoming’s 25.9% obesity rate. Similarly, adults in the metro area report feeling physically unhealthy for 3.3 days out of the last month on average, nearly identical to the statewide response.