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Least fit cities in America

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    Least fit cities in America

    The fitness industry in the United States is booming, with more than 57 million people working out at 36,540 heath and fitness clubs across the country. The total revenue for the industry topped out at $27.6 billion in 2016 and is expected to hit $87.5 billion globally in 2018.

    Despite these dramatic numbers, not all cities across the U.S. are following the trend. The American Fitness Index (AFI) ranked 100 of the largest cities in the U.S. from most to least healthy using an index that included personal and environmental health factors. While some places boast a supremely healthy population, others fall behind on the curve due to lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet, and the resulting obesity-related health conditions. Environment also comes into play, with the study factoring in a city’s walk score, options for public transportation, and number of farmers markets. Learn all about the methodology here.

    Stacker took the bottom 50 cities from this list and ranked them from most unhealthy to least. To come up with the data, the AFI provided the overall index score, the personal health score, and the community health score for each city. Read on to find out where your city stacks up.

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  • #50. Garland, TX
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    #50. Garland, TX

    2018 Fitness Index score: 48.9

    City population: 234,588

    Personal health score: 61.9

    Community health score: 34.2

  • #49. New York, NY
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    #49. New York, NY

    2018 Fitness Index score: 48.6

    City population: 8,537,673

    Personal health score: 43

    Community health score: 54.9

  • #48. Hialeah, FL
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    #48. Hialeah, FL

    2018 Fitness Index score: 48.2

    City population: 236,385

    Personal health score: 59.1

    Community health score: 36

  • #47. Irving, TX
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    #47. Irving, TX

    2018 Fitness Index score: 48.1

    City population: 238,284

    Personal health score: 53.7

    Community health score: 41.9

  • #46. Richmond, VA
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    #46. Richmond, VA

    2018 Fitness Index score: 47.7

    City population: 223,170

    Personal health score: 31.2

    Community health score: 66.3

  • #45. Fort Worth, TX
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    #45. Fort Worth, TX

    2018 Fitness Index score: 47.6

    City population: 855,897

    Personal health score: 63.1

    Community health score: 30.2

  • #44. St. Louis, MO
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    #44. St. Louis, MO

    2018 Fitness Index score: 47.4

    City population: 311,404

    Personal health score: 29.7

    Community health score: 67.2

  • #43. Glendale, AZ
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    #43. Glendale, AZ

    2018 Fitness Index score: 47.3

    City population: 245,849

    Personal health score: 52.1

    Community health score: 41.8

  • #42. Charlotte, NC
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    #42. Charlotte, NC

    2018 Fitness Index score: 47.2

    City population: 842,029

    Personal health score: 64.7

    Community health score: 27.5

  • #41. Houston, TX
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    #41. Houston, TX

    2018 Fitness Index score: 46.9

    City population: 2,304,388

    Personal health score: 51.8

    Community health score: 41.5

  • #40. Scottsdale, AZ
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    #40. Scottsdale, AZ

    2018 Fitness Index score: 46.9

    City population: 246,646

    Personal health score: 52.1

    Community health score: 41.1

  • #39. Riverside, CA
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    #39. Riverside, CA

    2018 Fitness Index score: 45.8

    City population: 324,727

    Personal health score: 48.7

    Community health score: 42.7

  • #38. Las Vegas, NV
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    #38. Las Vegas, NV

    2018 Fitness Index score: 45.1

    City population: 632,916

    Personal health score: 38

    Community health score: 53.2

  • #37. Jacksonville, FL
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    #37. Jacksonville, FL

    2018 Fitness Index score: 45

    City population: 880,623

    Personal health score: 35.4

    Community health score: 55.9

  • #36. Nashville, TN
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    #36. Nashville, TN

    2018 Fitness Index score: 44.2

    City population: 660,393

    Personal health score: 38.7

    Community health score: 50.3

  • #35. Bakersfield, CA
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    #35. Bakersfield, CA

    2018 Fitness Index score: 44

    City population: 376,371

    Personal health score: 50.2

    Community health score: 37

  • #34. Baton Rouge, LA
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    #34. Baton Rouge, LA

    2018 Fitness Index score: 43.4

    City population: 227,707

    Personal health score: 35.6

    Community health score: 52.3

  • #33. San Antonio, TX
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    #33. San Antonio, TX

    2018 Fitness Index score: 43.4

    City population: 1,492,494

    Personal health score: 47.9

    Community health score: 38.2

  • #32. Jersey City, NJ
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    #32. Jersey City, NJ

    2018 Fitness Index score: 43.2

    City population: 264,161

    Personal health score: 35.8

    Community health score: 51.6

  • #31. Lexington, KY
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    #31. Lexington, KY

    2018 Fitness Index score: 42.9

    City population: 318,449

    Personal health score: 43.2

    Community health score: 42.7

  • #30. Greensboro, NC
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    #30. Greensboro, NC

    2018 Fitness Index score: 42.8

    City population: 287,019

    Personal health score: 36.7

    Community health score: 49.7

  • #29. Phoenix, AZ
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    #29. Phoenix, AZ

    2018 Fitness Index score: 42.5

    City population: 1,615,041

    Personal health score: 52.1

    Community health score: 31.7

  • #28. Henderson, NV
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    #28. Henderson, NV

    2018 Fitness Index score: 42.4

    City population: 292,977

    Personal health score: 38

    Community health score: 47.3

  • #27. Kansas City, MO
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    #27. Kansas City, MO

    2018 Fitness Index score: 41.5

    City population: 481,360

    Personal health score: 32.9

    Community health score: 51.3

  • #26. Chesapeake, VA
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    #26. Chesapeake, VA

    2018 Fitness Index score: 41.5

    City population: 237,940

    Personal health score: 35.4

    Community health score: 48.3

  • #25. Chandler, AZ
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    #25. Chandler, AZ

    2018 Fitness Index score: 40.9

    City population: 247,459

    Personal health score: 52.1

    Community health score: 28.3

  • #24. Corpus Christi, TX
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    #24. Corpus Christi, TX

    2018 Fitness Index score: 40.6

    City population: 325,734

    Personal health score: 28

    Community health score: 54.7

  • #23. Baltimore, MD
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    #23. Baltimore, MD

    2018 Fitness Index score: 40.5

    City population: 614,664

    Personal health score: 15.8

    Community health score: 68.2

  • #21. Columbus, OH (tie)
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    #21. Columbus, OH (tie)

    2018 Fitness Index score: 40.3

    City population: 862,643

    Personal health score: 37.4

    Community health score: 43.5

  • #21. El Paso, TX (tie)
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    #21. El Paso, TX (tie)

    2018 Fitness Index score: 40.3

    City population: 683,088

    Personal health score: 36.1

    Community health score: 44.9

  • #20. Mesa, AZ
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    #20. Mesa, AZ

    2018 Fitness Index score: 40.2

    City population: 484,622

    Personal health score: 52.1

    Community health score: 26.8

  • #19. Philadelphia, PA
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    #19. Philadelphia, PA

    2018 Fitness Index score: 39.8

    City population: 1,567,872

    Personal health score: 20.3

    Community health score: 61.7

  • #18. Arlington, TX
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    #18. Arlington, TX

    2018 Fitness Index score: 39.7

    City population: 392,787

    Personal health score: 47.2

    Community health score: 31.3

  • #17. Fort Wayne, IN
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    #17. Fort Wayne, IN

    2018 Fitness Index score: 39.2

    City population: 261,342

    Personal health score: 43.2

    Community health score: 34.6

  • #16. Stockton, CA
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    #16. Stockton, CA

    2018 Fitness Index score: 38.8

    City population: 307,057

    Personal health score: 40.7

    Community health score: 36.6

  • #15. Newark, NJ
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    #15. Newark, NJ

    2018 Fitness Index score: 38.6

    City population: 281,770

    Personal health score: 31.2

    Community health score: 46.9

  • #14. Lubbock, TX
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    #14. Lubbock, TX

    2018 Fitness Index score: 36.6

    City population: 252,514

    Personal health score: 37.8

    Community health score: 35.3

  • #13. Memphis, TN
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    #13. Memphis, TN

    2018 Fitness Index score: 35.5

    City population: 652,752

    Personal health score: 33.9

    Community health score: 37.3

  • #12. Laredo, TX
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    #12. Laredo, TX

    2018 Fitness Index score: 34.9

    City population: 257,988

    Personal health score: 34.4

    Community health score: 35.5

  • #11. Winston-Salem, NC
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    #11. Winston-Salem, NC

    2018 Fitness Index score: 34.5

    City population: 242,200

    Personal health score: 32.5

    Community health score: 36.7

  • #10. Tulsa, OK
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    #10. Tulsa, OK

    2018 Fitness Index score: 34.4

    City population: 403,622

    Personal health score: 29.8

    Community health score: 39.7

  • #9. North Las Vegas, NV
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    #9. North Las Vegas, NV

    2018 Fitness Index score: 34

    City population: 238,689

    Personal health score: 38

    Community health score: 29.4

  • #8. Gilbert, AZ
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    #8. Gilbert, AZ

    2018 Fitness Index score: 33.5

    City population: 237,120

    Personal health score: 52.1

    Community health score: 12.5

  • #7. Fresno, CA
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    #7. Fresno, CA

    2018 Fitness Index score: 33

    City population: 522,021

    Personal health score: 38.8

    Community health score: 26.5

  • #6. Wichita, KS
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    #6. Wichita, KS

    2018 Fitness Index score: 32.5

    City population: 389,927

    Personal health score: 33

    Community health score: 31.8

  • #5. Toledo, OH
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    #5. Toledo, OH

    2018 Fitness Index score: 30.3

    City population: 278,512

    Personal health score: 22.2

    Community health score: 39.4

  • #4. Detroit, MI
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    #4. Detroit, MI

    2018 Fitness Index score: 30

    City population: 672,829

    Personal health score: 12.6

    Community health score: 49.7

  • #3. Louisville, KY
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    #3. Louisville, KY

    2018 Fitness Index score: 27

    City population: 616,261

    Personal health score: 19.4

    Community health score: 35.7

  • #2. Indianapolis, IN
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    #2. Indianapolis, IN

    2018 Fitness Index score: 26.9

    City population: 852,506

    Personal health score: 22.7

    Community health score: 31.6

  • #1. Oklahoma City, OK
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    #1. Oklahoma City, OK

    2018 Fitness Index score: 26.3

    City population: 638,311

    Personal health score: 23

    Community health score: 30.1

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