What's the fittest city in America? And where will you find the nation's least-fit folks? To find out, the American College of Sports Medicine looked at smoking rates, eating and exercise habits, prevalence of obesity and other ailments, etc. in the nation's biggest metropolitan areas and gave each community an overall fitness score.
Keep clicking to see the ranking's "bottom 20" - the least fit major cities in the country. Is your community on the list?
20. Jacksonville, Fla.
The first of three Florida cities to make the list, the home of the NFL's Jaguars boasts a large number of parkland acres, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, and recreation centers. But a high percentage of Jacksonville residents smoke, don't eat enough fruits and vegetables, and die from diabetes and heart disease. That's why Jacksonville kicks off the bottom 20 list.
With lots of parkland and low rates of heart disease and diabetes, Phoenix might seem fit. But the data suggest that the city is skimping on parks, playgrounds, and pools. The state lacks strict requirements for its physical education system and has a relatively low number of primary health-care providers.
18. San Antonio
San Antonio falls short in a number of areas, offering its citizens relatively few health-care providers and public exercise facilities.
17. New Orleans
Fat Tuesday isn't the only day that New Orleans residents indulge in fatty foods - the city's obesity rate is relatively high. And though they report good mental health, people in New Orleans have high rates of smoking, disability, heart disease, and diabetes.
16. Miami, Fla.
Living in sunshine, Miami residents may seem happier and healthier than most, reporting good physical and mental health and having low rates of asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. But Miami schools have low standards for physical education, and the city lacks park space, baseball diamonds, golf courses and tennis courts.
15. Charlotte, N.C.
Although rates of heart disease and asthma are low in Charlotte, the city's residents tend to skimp on fruits and vegetables and tend not to bike or walk to work. Charlotte has relatively few parks, swimming pools, and other fitness venues.
14. Nashville, Tenn.
Nashville's residents are good about eating their five-plus daily servings of fruits and vegetables, but have high rates of smoking and heart disease.
13. Columbus, Ohio
Columbus gets high marks for its schools' physical education programs, but rates of smoking and asthma are high - as are rates of diabetes and poor mental health.
Dallas is famous for its Tex-Mex and barbecue, which might explain its below-average number of farmers markets. The city also has few places for people to burn off their calories, lacking parks and recreation centers. And few residents choose to walk, bike or take public transport to work.
11. Tampa, Fla.
The Tampa Bay area is home to a number of famed sports teams, but Tampa residents aren't in stellar athletic condition. Few walk or bike to work, and a high percent report poor physical health.
10. Los Angeles
Though notorious for its traffic, Los Angeles has lots of folks who walk, bike or use public transportation to get to work. L.A. and Orange County also report relatively low rates of obesity, heart disease, asthma, and smoking. But rates of poor mental and physical health are high in L.A., and the city skimps on parks and other outdoor recreational areas.
The third city from the Lone Star State to rank in the bottom 20 for fitness, Houston makes it hard for folks to find good places to exercise, with few parks, playgrounds, pools, and other exercise facilities.
8. Las Vegas
Known for casinos and luxury hotels, Las Vegas doesn't have much to offer in the way of farmers markets and tennis courts. No wonder the city that ranks high in fun ranks low on fitness. Las Vegas residents tend not to eat enough fruits and veggies, and they report poor general health.
7. Riverside, Calif.
Riverside is home to many dog parks but has few other places that encourage exercise. Riverside residents eat their fruits and vegetables but are more likely than residents of other cities to be obese.
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6. Indianapolis, Ind.
The Indianapolis metro area has loads of golf courses. But residents of the area have relatively few other options for exercise - as public parks are few. Rates of asthma, smoking, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are all relatively high there.
With its focus on automobiles, it's no wonder that Detroit has few residents who bike, walk or take public transportation to work. Motown also has high rates of heart disease, diabetes, and asthma.
4. Birmingham, Ala.
Although Birmingham has relatively high numbers of health-care providers, its citizens report poor health and rates of obesity, disability, diabetes, and heart disease in the area are high. What's more, the city has little land devoted to parks.
3. Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis has lots of tourist and cultural attractions - including Graceland - but offers its residents little help in staying fit. City residents relatively few acres of parkland and low numbers of primary health-care providers.
2. Louisville, Ky.
Home of the Kentucky Derby, Louisville is big on horse racing but offers little else as far as public athletic facilities go. Public schools there have low standards for physical education, and Louisville residents have high rates of smoking, diabetes, heart disease, and smoking.
1. Oklahoma City
Oklahoma OK? When it comes to fitness, not so much. Rates of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease are high in Oklahoma City. And the city offers few public recreational facilities.
Which city is fittest?
If those are the least-fit cities in the nation, which are the fittest? Minneapolis came out on top, followed by Washington DC, Boston, Portland, Ore., and Denver.