Special Report

The Laziest City in Each State

6. Colorado
> Laziest city:
Pueblo
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 81.2%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 84.8%
> Obesity rate: 26.5%
> City population: 159,072

Pueblo is the least active city in the most active state in the country. While only 73.0% of Americans exercise regularly, 84.8% of Colorado residents report regular physical activity. While Pueblo adults are not as active as statewide residents, they are still more active than Americans overall, with 81.2% of residents reporting regular physical activity. Less active populations are more likely to be in relatively worse health, and Pueblo is no exception. The metro area’s adult obesity rate of 26.5% is higher than Colorado’s obesity rate of 20.4%, which is the lowest of any state in the country. Also, adults in the metro area report feeling physically unhealthy for 4.2 days out of the last month on average, over one day more than the statewide average.

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7. Connecticut
> Laziest city:
New Haven-Milford
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 75.9%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 78.3%
> Obesity rate: 26.9%
> City population: 860,995

Populations with lower incomes are often less physically active. This may partially explain the fitness habits among adults in the New Haven area, which have an annual median household income of $60,391, the lowest in the state. Even New Haven income levels, however, are still higher than the national median. Similarly, while New Haven-Milford adults are not as active as statewide residents, they are still more active than Americans overall, with 24.1% of residents reporting being physically inactive, compared to 27% of Americans. As is the case in many other areas that don’t exercise as much, the relatively poor exercise habits in New Haven-Milford may be part of relatively unhealthy lifestyles, which in turn often cause unhealthy weight gain. The metro area’s adult obesity rate of 26.9% is 2.5 percentage points higher than Connecticut’s 24.4% obesity rate. The area’s obesity rate, however, is still slightly lower than the national rate.

8. Delaware
> Laziest city:
Dover
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 72.6%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 76.3%
> Obesity rate: 32.7%
> City population: 162,785

Dover is the only metro area in Delaware and is its most lazy by default. Roughly 28% of adults engage in no physical activity whatsoever, only slightly above the national rate of 27.0%. Nevertheless, Dover residents are deserving of their title as the laziest in the state — that rate is 3.7 percentage points higher than the state’s share of 23.7% of physically inactive adults.

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9. Florida
> Laziest city:
Ocala
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 72.0%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 76.8% (25th highest)
> Obesity rate: 31.0%
> City population: 339,167

Ocala is the least active city in a fairly active state. In Florida, 76.8% of residents report regular physical activity, 3.8 percentage points more than the 73.0% who do nationwide. Residents of Ocala, however, are not as active. In the state’s laziest metro area, just 72.0% of residents exercise regularly.

Less active populations are more likely to be in worse physical health, and Ocala is no exception. Of all adults in the metro area, 31.0% are obese — more than 5 percentage points higher than Florida’s 25.8% obesity rate. Similarly, adults in the metro area report feeling physically unhealthy for 4.3 days out of the last month on average, over half a day more than the statewide response of 3.7 days.

10. Georgia
> Laziest city:
Dalton
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 67.5%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 75.7%
> Obesity rate: 28.6%
> City population: 141,787

In Georgia, 75.7% of residents report regular physical activity, somewhat higher than the 73.0% of Americans who do. Residents of Dalton, however, are much less active. In the state’s laziest metro area, 67.5% of residents exercise regularly, one of the lowest rates of any metro area. Less active populations are more likely to be in worse physical health. Despite their lack of exercise, Dalton residents are about as healthy as the rest of the state. The obesity rate in Dalton is 28.6%, almost identical to Georgia’s 28.7% obesity rate. However, adults in Dalton are less healthy than Georgia adults in other health measures. Adults in the metro area report feeling physically unhealthy for 4.3 days out of the last month on average, close to a day more than the statewide response of 3.5 days.