Metro DC Area Ranked #1 Fittest City

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For the third year in a row, the Metropolitan DC area received the #1 ranking for the fittest city in the nation in the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) American Fitness Index.

The ACSM polls residents of the 50 largest metropolitan areas and their rankings are based on a variety of factors including community health policies, preventive health behaviors, federal reports, instances of exercise, health insurance coverage, accessibility to public lands/parks, incidents of co-morbidities, etc.

According to the “DC” respondents, and DC is defined by ACSM as those who live within a wide swath of the metro area, 80% had engaged in some sort of physical activity, 90% currently have health insurance and the city scored 73.5 out of 100 points. Charm City (aka Baltimore) came in at #20, Richmond at #11 and Virginia Beach at #17.

Although I’m all for DC being #1, I have my doubts especially given the broad definition of the DC area and the weighting of public lands and insurance coverage in the rankings. Just because we’re located near many national and state parks, or because many of our residents are employed by the federal government and therefore have health insurance, doesn’t make us the fittest city in the nation.

Rebecca Johnson

A born and bred New Yorker, Rebecca made the big trip “down south” to DC in 2006 and hasn’t looked back. She spends her days strategizing/planning/ideating how interactive products can help her clients and change the world. In her free time, she explores DC’s ever expanding bar, restaurant and small business scene, plays a crap ton of soccer, attends concerts that contribute to her sleep deprivation and embarks on local adventures. Read why Rebecca loves DC or follow her on twitter.

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3 thoughts on “Metro DC Area Ranked #1 Fittest City

  1. Or… for the third year in a row DC metro residents lie the most to appear as the fittest area in the US. ;-)

    I know it’s not solely based on a poll of residents, but this does appear a little fishy…

  2. What happened to Colorado? Perhaps people there just look fit as opposed to Metro DC

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