Researchers looked at steps, active minutes, resting heart rate, and sleep duration to see which cities ranked highest

By Kylie Gilbert
Updated: April 29, 2016

The numbers are in and it's time to figure out if you've earned bragging rights-if you wear a Fitbit that is!

Fitbit researchers looked at aggregated data-including average number of steps, active minutes, resting heart rate, and sleep duration-from over 10 million users in 2015 to determine the fittest U.S. cities. (Find out how the data compares to this 2016 report on the fittest-and fattest-cities in America!)

Here are the fittest cities, according to their data:

  1. Madison, WI
  2. Minneapolis, MN
  3. Spokane, WA
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Portland, OR
  6. Grand Rapids, MI
  7. Lincoln, NE
  8. San Francisco, CA
  9. Seattle, WA
  10. Washington D.C.

While, sadly for Shape, our home base of NYC didn't rank among the top 10 fittest cities, although it did earn the number one spot for both steps and active minutes (unsurprising for any New Yorker!). Boston took home top bragging rights as the city with the lowest resting heart rate (an indicator of overall fitness) and Spokane, WA users got the most Zzzs. (Psst... These are The Best Cities In the U.S. For Your Skin, Hair, and Body.)

Obviously, this isn't the final word: The data was limited to Fitbit users (who actually remember to wear their device!), so the hard work of those who wear other fitness tracker bands (or you know, choose not to participate in the tracker trend), wasn't taken into account. But seeing how a city's residents actually move and sleep, rather than just the number of public parks or gym memberships sold, does seem like a pretty good solid indication of actualy. Until the next batch of 'fittest city' research comes out, kudos to you, Madison!


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