The Most Physically Fit Cities in the U.S.

Guess the winner. You're probably wrong.

The Most Physically Fit Cities in the U.S.

Guess the winner. You’re probably wrong.

-Jane Farrell

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Of 50 cities evaluated on various fitness qualities, the winner might be a big surprise to most people.

It’s Washington, D.C. In fact, it’s the third year in a row that Washington’s topped the list, based on a survey by the American College of Sports Medicine. (As for #50, that’s Oklahoma City.)

In conducting the survey, the ACSM evaluates a number of factors, including disease rates, eating habits and the number of recreational facilities, including parks and swimming pools, according to

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said in a statement that his government was “investing in our recreation centers, building new swimming pools and opening more parks so our residents can exercise, swim, walk, bike and compete in sports.” Health statistics helped the District’s standing as well: Just 6.7 percent of the population has diabetes, compared with 8.3 percent throughout the country. And thanks to sixty miles of bike lanes, thousands of residents, many of them government employees, bike to work.

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The other cities in the top five are, in descending order, Boston, Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland, Ore. Yet even in those cities and in Washington, D.C., from 19.9 percent to 23.9 percent of the population is obese—a frightening statistic.

As for #50, Oklahoma City, Mayor Mick Cornett says, “There are issues her that we shouldn’t be running away from. We have an obesity problem.” Almost one third of the population in Oklahoma City is obese.

Two years ago, Oklahoma City began a website called, which logs residents’ weight loss. Cornett himself has dropped 38 pounds. (

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