Special Report

The City That Hates Exercise the Most in Every State


To determine the city that hates exercise the most in every state, 24/7 Tempo reviewed adult physical inactivity rates from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program’s 2022 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report. 

The physical inactivity rate is defined as the share of adults 20 years and older who report no leisure-time physical activity. While the CHR report is from 2022, physical inactivity figures published in the report are from 2019.

We considered the 384 metropolitan statistical areas delineated by the United States Office of Management and Budget and used by the Census Bureau for our ranking and ranked metros within their state based on their adult physical inactivity rate. Since many metros cross state lines, the metro was assigned to the state of its first-listed principal city. Thus, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV metro area was excluded as it is principally in the District of Columbia.

Additional information on the share of the population with adequate access to locations for physical activity, the share of adults 20 years and older who report a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher (adult obesity rate), the share of adults 20 years and older with diagnosed diabetes, the share of adults reporting poor or fair health, and the average number of physically unhealthy days reported in the past 30 days also came from the 2022 CHR.

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