Fitness tracker data reveals the fittest cities in America

Almost exactly one year on, Fitbit has updated its stats on the twenty fittest cities in the US. From big cities to smaller communities, the data paints an interesting picture of the country’s activity and fitness levels.

There are many ways to asset how ‘fit’ a city is. You can, for example, look at the number of parks and public recreation spaces or gym memberships sold. However, with the advent of fitness trackers, we now have a much better way. Fitbit has tapped into its database of more than 10 million American users in 2016, and crunched the data on average number daily steps, active minutes, resting heart rate, and sleep duration.

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Madison, the capital of Wisconsin topped last year’s rankings. Although not in first place, the State of Wisconsin dominated again, with three cities making the top 10 this year and five cities cracking the top 20 list. Three cities in Minnesota made the top 20 list, with two cities in the top 10, the number one spot Duluth and number eight Rochester. Two cities in Washington also made the top 10 list.

America’s Fittest Cities*

1 Duluth, Minnesota 11 Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Appleton, Wisconsin 12 Denver, Colorado
3 Eau Claire, Wisconsin 13 Portland, Oregon
4 Boulder, Colorado 14 Sioux Falls, South Dakota
5 Bellingham, Washington 15 Lincoln, Nebraska
6 Madison, Wisconsin 16 Syracuse, New York
7 Billings, Montana 17 Rochester, New York
8 Rochester, Minnesota 18 Gran Rapids, Michigan
9 Spokane, Washington 19 Janesville, Wisconsin
10 Eugene, Oregon 20 Minneapolis, Minnesota

*Based on a representative sampling of aggregated and anonymized average 2016 data from more than 10 million Fitbit users nationwide

Fitbit also identified the fittest countries based on data from 23.2 million Fitbit users across the globe. Topping the rankings were Ireland and the UK, with the US in a distant 28th place!

Fittest Countries

1 Ireland
2 United Kingdom
3 Sweden
4 Netherlands
5 Switzerland
6 Denmark
7 Spain
8 Finland
9 Germany
10 New Zealand

**Based on a representative sampling of aggregated and anonymized average 2016 data from 23.2 million Fitbit users worldwide.

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