Special Report

The Laziest City in Each State

11. Hawaii
> Laziest city:
Urban Honolulu
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 81.7%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 81.8%
> Obesity rate: 22.1%
> City population: 964,678

Honolulu is the least active city in the sixth most active state in the country. Nearly 82% of Hawaiians report regular physical activity compared to the 73.0% of Americans who do. While adults in Urban Honolulu are not as active as statewide residents, they are still more active than Americans overall, with 81.7% of residents reporting physical activity. Less active populations are more likely to be out of shape. In Urban Honolulu, however, residents are about as fit as the rest of the state. Of all adults in the metro area, 22.1% are obese, a slightly smaller share than Hawaii’s 22.5% obesity rate. Populations with higher incomes are often more physically active, and vice versa. In Urban Honolulu, the typical household makes $74,634 annually. While this is significantly higher than typical American household income of $53,657, it is the second lowest median income in the state.

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12. Idaho
> Laziest city:
Lewiston
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 77.7%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 80.5%
> Obesity rate: 30.7%
> City population: 60,884

In Idaho, more than four out of five residents report regular physical activity, a far higher share than the 73.0% of Americans who do, and the ninth highest of any state. While Lewiston adults exercise less than Idaho as a whole, they are still more active than Americans overall, with 77.7% of residents getting regular physical activity.

Populations that exercise less tend to be in worse physical health, and Lewiston is no exception. Of all adults in the metro area, 30.7% are obese, significantly higher than Idaho’s 27.3% obesity rate. Residents in areas with higher levels of education tend to exercise more, and vice versa. In Lewiston, just 21.3% of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, the lowest share in the state.

13. Illinois
> Laziest city:
Carbondale-Marion
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 72.5%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 77.1%
> Obesity rate: 33.2%
> City population: 126,661

In Carbondale-Marion, 72.5% of residents report regular physical activity, a smaller share than the 77.1% of Illinois residents who exercise regularly. Populations with higher incomes are often more physically active, and vice versa. In Carbondale-Marion, the typical household makes just $41,174 annually, the lowest median income in the state.

Less active populations are more likely to have higher obesity rates, and Carbondale-Marion is no exception. Of all adults in the metro area, 33.2% are obese, a slightly larger share than the state’s 27.3% obesity rate. Adults in Carbondale-Marion, however, are otherwise just as physically healthy as Illinois adults overall. When surveyed, adults in the metro area reported feeling physically unhealthy for 3.6 days out of the last month on average, roughly in line with the statewide response.

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14. Indiana
> Laziest city:
Muncie
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 70.2%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 73.2%
> Obesity rate: 33.4%
> City population: 117,459

Muncie is the least active city in a fairly active state. In Indiana, 73.2% of residents report regular physical activity, 0.2 percentage points more than the 73.0% of Americans who do. Residents of Muncie, however, are not as active. In the state’s laziest metro area, 70.2% of residents are physically active. Less active populations are more likely to be physically fit, and Muncie is no exception. Of all adults in the metro area, 33.4% are obese. That is 2.1 percentage points higher than Indiana’s 31.3% obesity rate. Muncie adults rate worse than Indiana adults overall for other measures of health as well, including self-reported health. When surveyed, adults in the metro area said they felt physically unhealthy for 4.6 days out of the last month on average, one day more than the statewide response. Populations with higher incomes are often more physically active, and vice versa. In Muncie, the typical household makes just $39,323 annually, the lowest median income in the state.

15. Iowa
> Laziest city:
Sioux City
> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity: 73.0%
> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity: 75.7%
> Obesity rate: 32.8%
> City population: 143,176

Sioux City is the least active city in Iowa. Across the state, just over three-quarters residents report regular physical activity, slightly more than the 73.0% of Americans who do. Though Sioux City adults are not as active as adults statewide — with 73.0% of adults reporting regular exercise — they are still just as active as Americans overall.

Less active populations are more likely to have higher obesity rates, and Sioux City is no exception. Of all adults in the metro area, 32.8% are obese, a slightly larger share than Iowa’s obesity rate of 29.9%. Populations with higher levels of education are often more physically active, and vice versa. In Sioux City, just 21.1% of adults have a bachelor’s degree, the smallest share in the state.