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Very few of us want 2022 to be anything like 2021 was. One complaint high on our list of things we don't want to repeat is being stuck at home. But when you are confined to your city, suburb, or neighborhood, some turn out to be better than others concerning those New Year's resolutions.

With “exercising more” and “losing weight” among the top four New Year’s resolutions people generally made, having the means to get or stay fit around us may just factor into whether or not we keep those resolutions!

The personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2022’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

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And Arizona scores pretty well, especially in some surprising areas.

Best vs. Worst

  • Gilbert, Arizona, has the most public golf courses (per square root of population), 0.081102, which is 41.3 times more than in Laredo, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.001964.
  • Tucson, Arizona, has the most fitness trainers and aerobics instructors per 100,000 residents, 195, which is 10.3 times more than in Bakersfield, California, the city with the fewest at 19.
  • Orlando, Florida, has the most sporting-goods stores (per square root of population), 0.388726, which is 12.7 times more than in North Las Vegas, Nevada, the city with the fewest at 0.030532.
  • New York has the most playgrounds (per square root of population), 0.664460, which is 13.4 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.049557.


To determine where Americans have the best chance of remaining active, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities across 34 key metrics. The data set ranges from the average monthly fitness-club fee to bike score to the share of physically inactive adults.

Best Cities for an Active LifestyleWorst Cities for an Active Lifestyle
1. San Francisco, CA91. Jersey City, NJ
2. Chicago, IL92. Bakersfield, CA
3. New York, NY93. Newark, NJ
4. San Diego, CA94. Santa Ana, CA
5. Honolulu, HI95. San Bernardino, CA
6. Los Angeles, CA96. Irving, TX
7. Portland, OR97. Fort Wayne, IN
8. Philadelphia, PA98. Wichita, KS
9. Denver, CO99. Winston-Salem, NC
10. Seattle, WA100. North Las Vegas, NV

To view the full report and your city’s rank, visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-an-active-lifestyle/8817
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