Fittest Cities, From Denver to Los Angeles

From Denver to Los Angeles, The Daily Beast finds the cities with the leanest and most active residents.

On Sunday, more than 45,000 spandex-clad, bib-wearing athletes will take to the streets of New York City to paticipate in the world’s largest marathon. A feat of fitness and endurance, the marathon is one of the most revered events in mainstream competitive sports today. Last year, some half a million runners crossed a marathon finish line.

But where are all these super-athletes living? To rank the fitness level of American cities, we turned to two of the most trusted sources on the topic. The American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index is produced annually with the WellPoint Foundation to scientifically assess the health, fitness, and quality of life of metro areas across the country. From its research, we included the percentage of residents who were physically active in the last month, the percentage who are considered to be in very good or excellent health, and the percentage who are categorized as obese. In addition, we considered where each city ranked on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which analyzes the health of the American population in the categories of physical well-being and healthy behavior.

Each of the five factors was weighted equally.

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1. Denver

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 83.3%

Obese: 18.8%

In excellent or very good health: 61.7%

Gallup physical well-being index rank (out of 188): 20

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank (out of 188): 40

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2. San Francisco

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 82.6%

Obese: 18.1%

In excellent or very good health: 59.5%

Gallup physical well-being index rank:  33

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 14

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3. Washington, D.C.

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 81.6%

Obese: 21.4%

In excellent or very good health: 64.1%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 12

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 37

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4. Minneapolis-St. Paul

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 85.9%

Obese: 23.8%

In excellent or very good health: 66.6%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 16

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 50

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5. Boston

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 80.2%

Obese: 21.1%

In excellent or very good health: 62%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 41

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 39

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6. San Jose

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 81.5%

Obese: 20.8%

In excellent or very good health: 58.3%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 8

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 15

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7. Hartford, Conn.

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 79.3%

Obese: 21.6%

In excellent or very good health: 62.6%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 45

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 42

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8. Portland, Ore.

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 83.2%

Obese: 24%

In excellent or very good health: 62.1%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 94

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 55

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9. San Diego

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 79.9%

Obese: 21.6%

In excellent or very good health: 58.4%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 19

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 17

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10. Seattle

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 81.8%

Obese: 23.9%

In excellent or very good health: 57.6%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 76

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 32

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11. Austin, Texas

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 81.8%

Obese: 26.6%

In excellent or very good health: 59%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 13

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 46

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12. Salt Lake City

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 80.9%

Obese: 24.3%

In excellent or very good health: 60.2%

Gallup physical well-being index rank:  53

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 95

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13. Sacramento, Calif.

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 81.5%

Obese: 25.9%

In excellent or very good health: 59.4%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 70

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 34

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14. Virginia Beach, Va.

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 81%

Obese: 24.1%

In excellent or very good health: 58.7%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 57

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 103

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15. Phoenix

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 82.6%

Obese: 24.7%

In excellent or very good health: 55.8%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 47

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 72

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16. Miami

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 79.4%

Obese: 23.8%

In excellent or very good health: 55.6%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 77

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 41

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17. Milwaukee

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 79.3%

Obese: 24.3%

In excellent or very good health: 58.9%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 91

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 117

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18. Los Angeles

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 77.8%

Obese: 23.6%

In excellent or very good health: 48.8%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 40

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 22

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19. Jacksonville, Fla.

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 75.7%

Obese: 24.8%

In excellent or very good health: 59.2%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 80

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 78

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20. Atlanta

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 77.8%

Obese: 25.1%

In excellent or very good health: 57%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 26

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 112

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21. Richmond, Va.

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 79%

Obese: 28.9%

In excellent or very good health: 61.6%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 38

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 133

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22. San Antonio

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 75%

Obese: 25.2%

In excellent or very good health: 59.6%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 95

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 100

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23. Raleigh, N.C.

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 78.6%

Obese: 26.4%

In excellent or very good health: 54.1%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 27

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 81

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24. New York

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 72.9%

Obese: 21.3%

In excellent or very good health: 54.1%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 48

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 59

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25. Orlando

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 76%

Obese: 24.7%

In excellent or very good health: 56.6%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 114

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 79

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26. Dallas

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 77.6%

Obese: 24.6%

In excellent or very good health: 54.6%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 55

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 142

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27. Charlotte, N.C.

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 77.8%

Obese: 26.3%

In excellent or very good health: 53.6%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 44

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 85

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28. Kansas City, Mo-Kan.

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 77.3%

Obese: 26.9%

In excellent or very good health: 59.3%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 62

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 156

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29. St. Louis, Mo.-Ill.

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 75.7%

Obese: 28.3%

In excellent or very good health: 59.8%

Gallup physical well-being index rank: 43

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 155

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30. Chicago

Percentage of residents who performed physical activity in the last 30 days: 77%

Obese: 26.7%

In excellent or very good health: 55.6%

Gallup physical well-being index rank:  34

Gallup healthy-behavior index rank: 140