With “exercising more” and “losing weight” among the top four New Year’s resolutions but the COVID-19 pandemic limiting some opportunities to stay active, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle, as well as accompanying videos.

To determine where Americans have the best chance of remaining active despite the pandemic, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities across 36 key metrics. The data set ranges from the average monthly fitness-club fee to bike score to the prevalence of COVID-19.

Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle
1. Honolulu, HI 91. Corpus Christi, TX
2. Portland, OR 92. Birmingham, AL
3. San Diego, CA 93. Bakersfield, CA
4. San Francisco, CA 94. Irving, TX
5. Chicago, IL 95. San Bernardino, CA
6. Seattle, WA 96. Laredo, TX
7. Austin, TX 97. Jersey City, NJ
8. Denver, CO 98. Newark, NJ
9. Los Angeles, CA 99. Hialeah, FL
10. Washington, DC 100. North Las Vegas, NV

Best vs. Worst

  • Orlando, Florida, has the most sporting-goods stores (per square root of population), 0.386839, which is 11.9 times more than in North Las Vegas, Nevada, the city with the fewest at 0.032567.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, has the most public golf courses (per square root of population), 0.079904, which is 40.7 times more than in Laredo, Texas, among the cities with the fewest at 0.001964.
  • Boston has the most fitness trainers and aerobics instructors per 100,000 residents, 229, which is 8.2 times more than in Corpus Christi, Texas, the city with the fewest at 28.
  • New York has the most playgrounds (per square root of population), 0.629307, which is 12.7 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.049557.

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