Healthy, wealthy and wise: America’s fittest city is…

Where in America should you go if you want to be “healthy, wealthy and wise”? TODAY’s special series looks at top places in the US in each category — and you may be surprised at the winners.

Which city is considered the healthiest, fittest in America? It’s not a sunny, bikini-weather spot like Miami Beach or Malibu. It’s a city famous for its frequent sub-zero temperatures, where residents need snow coats and ear muffs for months of the year: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minn., according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s most recent American Fitness Index.

Minneapolis, St. Paul has more parks per square mile than any major city in the U.S. and is second only to Portland, Ore. for the number of bicyclists per capita. The Twin Cities also get high marks for access to fresh food.

“There are twice as many farmer’s markets in that area than in the top 10 percent of [U.S.] cities,” says ACSM’s Walter Thompson, Ph.D.

Did your city make the ACSM healthy cut? Check out the top 20:

  1. Minneapolis, St. Paul
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Boston
  4. San Francisco
  5. Hartford, Conn.
  6. Sacramento, Calif.
  7. Portland, Ore.
  8. Seattle
  9. Denver, Colo.
  10. Austin, Texas
  11. Virginia Beach, Va.
  12. San Jose, Calif.
  13. Salt Lake City
  14. Raleigh, N.C.
  15. Pittsburgh, Pa.
  16. San Diego, Calif.
  17. Richmond, Va.
  18. Providence, R.I.
  19. Baltimore. Md.
  20. Cincinnati, Ohio


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