The Most Active Cities in America Will Keep You Fit in 2019

What makes a city healthy? According to WalletHub, it’s a combination of 38 factors, including affordable fitness memberships, many physically active citizens, and a lot of swimming pools, tennis courts, and basketball hoops. These are the 15 healthiest cities in America. Where does your town rank?

15. Boise, Idaho

Capital City Public Market, Downtown, Boise
Capital City Public Market in downtown Boise | Source: Visit Idaho
  • Score: 49.56/100
  • Best category: 2nd best city for “budget and participation”
  • Also known as: 3rd best-run city in America, 10th safest city

Next: Families can afford to be physically fit here.

14. Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
The Capitol Building in Lincoln | iStock.com/benkrut
  • Score: 50.32/100
  • Best category: 6th best city for “budget and participation”
  • Also known as: 12th best city to raise a family

Next: Even with a terrible commute, residents here stay healthy.

13. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts, USA
The skyline of Boston, Massachusetts | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images
  • Score: 50.36/100
  • Best categories: 10th best city for “sports and outdoors”
  • Also known as: 6th worst city to drive in, 8th best city for gamers

Next: Swimmers and basketball players flock to this city.

12. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia seen from Camden New Jersey
Philadelphia skyline | Allard1/Getty Images
  • Score: 50.46/100
  • Best categories: most swimming pools and basketball hoops per capita (both tied for 1st)
  • Also known as: 9th best winter-vacation destination

Next: A city full of healthy activities (and good food)

11. New York City, New York

Kickball in Brooklyn Park | Mario Tama/Getty Images
  • Score: 50.82/100
  • Best categories: 4th best city for “sports and outdoors”; most fitness clubs, park playgrounds, and basketball hoops per capita (all tied for 1st)
  • Also known as: 4th best food city, 10th best city to live in

New York City has the second-highest monthly fitness-club fees and second-fewest public golf courses per capita.

Next: Residents here somehow drink heavily but stay healthy.

10. Madison, Wisconsin

Patrons enjoy one of Madison's best locations
State Street is one of Madison’s best locations. | youngryand/iStock/Getty Images
  • Score: 52.14/100
  • Best categories: 8th best city for “budget and participation,” most park playgrounds per capita (3rd place)
  • Also known as: No. 1 nicest city in America, 4th drunkest city

Madison also has the second-fewest swimming pools per capita.

Next: Get in your steps at the zoo and in fitness clubs.

9. San Diego, California

Point Loma, San Diego
Hiking path in Point Loma, San Diego | dancestrokes/iStock/Getty Images
  • Score: 53.26/100
  • Best categories: 8th best city for “sports and outdoors,” most fitness centers per capita (tied for 1st)
  • Also known as: No. 1 best zoo, 4th largest home to homeless people

Next: Adults here know how to work out, vacation, and retire.

8. Denver, Colorado

Denver
Denver has plentiful parks and trails. | Creative-Family/iStock/Getty Images
  • Score: 54.16/100
  • Best categories: 4th best city for “budget and participation,” lowest percentage of physically inactive adults (tied for 4th)
  • Also known as: 4th best place to retire, 8th best winter-vacation destination, 12th best city to live in

Next: Fitness memberships are expensive here, but may be worth it.

7. Washington D.C.

National Mall in Washington DC
The National Mall | AlbertPego/iStock/Getty Images
  • Score: 54.19/100
  • Best categories: 6th best city for “sports and outdoors,” most swimming pools per capita (tied for 1st), and most tennis courts per capita (fifth place)

Washington D.C. also has the fifth-highest monthly fitness-club fees.

Next: Dog-lovers stay healthy in the Twin Cities.

6. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Biking and running are big in Minneapolis .| iStock/Getty Images
  • Score: 54.21/100
  • Best category: 9th best city for “sports and outdoors”
  • Also known as: 6th best city for retirees, 8th best city for dog-lovers

Next: The “best city to live in” has all the fitness.

5. Seattle, Washington

Seattle downtown and Space Needle
Seattle downtown and Space Needle | aiisha5/iStock/Getty Images
  • Score: 55.11/100
  • Best categories: 5th best city for “sports and outdoors,” lowest percentage of physically inactive adults (2nd place)
  • Also known as: No. 1 best city to live in

Next: Rain doesn’t stop residents here.

4. Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon
Old Town Portland | Png-Studio/iStock/Getty Images
  • Score: 59/100
  • Best categories: No. 1 best city for “budget and participation,” 7th best city for “sports and outdoors,” lowest percentage of physically inactive adults (1st place)
  • Also known as: 4th best city for singles

Next: It’s not cheap, but residents are healthy and happy.

3. San Francisco, California

bike commuter
Biking is big in San Fran. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
  • Score: 59.07/100
  • Best categories: 3rd best city for “sports and outdoors,” most fitness centers per capita (tied for 1st)
  • Also known as: 4th best city to find a job and live in

San Francisco also has the highest monthly fitness-club fees in America.

Next: The Windy City gives you every opportunity to work out.

2. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Skyline
There’s a lot to do and see in Chicago. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
  • Score: 59.98/100
  • Best categories: 2nd best city for “sports and outdoors”; most tennis courts per capita (2nd place); and most swimming pools, basketball hoops, and park playgrounds per capita (all tied for 1st)
  • Also known as: 10th worst city to drive in, No. 1 best city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Next: Say “aloha” to this sunny city that claims the healthiest spot.

1. Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii
With a view like this, no wonder residents want to get outside. | Sorincolac/iStock/Getty Images
  • Score: 63.36/100
  • Best categories: No. 1 best city for “sports and outdoors,” most basketball hoops and tennis courts per capita (both tied for 1st)
  • Also known as: 6th best city to live in, U.S. city with the most diversified economy (10th place)