[Vision2020] The Laziest City in Each State

Kenneth Marcy kmmos1 at frontier.com
Mon Nov 23 10:40:10 PST 2015

Americans appear to be exercising more and more every year. When 
surveyed about their exercise habits, 73% of Americans reported they 
engaged in physical activity during their leisure time. Of course, 
exercise habits vary widely from state to state, and even more so from 
city to city. In Beckley, the laziest city in West Virginia, just 64.0% 
of residents report regular physical activity. Meanwhile in Burlington, 
the laziest city in Vermont, 83.6% of residents exercise regularly.

Exercise is an important determinant of overall health. Mississippi — 
the state where residents report the lowest levels of physical activity 
— also has the highest obesity rate. The situation is reversed in 
Colorado, where the highest level of physical activity coincides with 
the lowest obesity rate in the country.


*12. Idaho
 > Laziest city:* Lewiston
*> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity:* 77.7%
*> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity:* 80.5%
*> Obesity rate:* 30.7%
*> City population:* 60,884

In Idaho, more than four out of five residents report regular physical 
activity, a far higher share than the 73.0% of Americans who do, and the 
ninth highest of any state. While Lewiston adults exercise less than 
Idaho as a whole, they are still more active than Americans overall, 
with 77.7% of residents getting regular physical activity.

Populations that exercise less tend to be in worse physical health, and 
Lewiston is no exception. Of all adults in the metro area, 30.7% are 
obese, significantly higher than Idaho’s 27.3% obesity rate. Residents 
in areas with higher levels of education tend to exercise more, and vice 
versa. In Lewiston, just 21.3% of adults have at least a bachelor’s 
degree, the lowest share in the state.


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