The lack of space may also be a factor. When everything is more narrow, it's simply more inconvenient to be fat. Where I live, the "garage" is so small that you CANNOT be fat and be able to get out of your car once you've parked. Even I have trouble sometimes and I don't weigh enough to give blood. Of course, depends on the size of the car - I have a Civic and if one wanted to park a SmartCar there, you'd definitely have more leeway in your girth.
No matter how insignificant ... it's probably winning "best city for prettiest garden gnomes" as I type.
But, seriously, this type of study (or poll or whatever it is) give a loose idea about reality, but we all know that they also tend to be random in their criteria ... and tend to ebb and flow according to city and regional perception and reputation.
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What I find odd is that SF and Oakland -- two metropolitan areas that bump into each other are 2&3 but San Jose, the 3rd metropolitan area that also bumps up against SF and Oakland, isn't even in the top 10, but is down in 17. I can assure you that the entire area has pretty much the same level of physical activity. In fact, I see more biking in San Jose than SF because it's so hilly in SF and also biking is more dangerous.
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The level of physical activity has a lot to do with urban planning and infrastructure. When successful, you increase physical activity without conscious effort. New Yorkers don't tend to walk for exercise. They walk to get places. When you're scurrying to work in the morning, the fact that you're exercising doesn't even cross your mind.
Seattle's reputation for rain in a little overstated. Buffalo is the rainiest city in the US in terms of days of average rainfall. Even Cleveland averages more rainy days in a year than Seattle--156 to 154.
Then there's the fact that it when it rains in Seattle, it's more of a drizzle than a downpour, which is why Seattle doesn't even come close to being one of the cities with the most rainfall.
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People argue here about which fat tastes better: bacon or butter. And exercise is walking from the car to the train. Maybe I should move!!
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ETA: I think Minneapolis/St. Paul is also helped by the high number of people who bike around here: "Minneapolis named #1 bike-friendly city"
When you look at the whole list, it's striking that the bottom half of the list is almost entirely in red states. Only four of the bottom half are in what I consider solidly blue states. The top half of the list is mixed, maybe slightly more blue, but not a big difference. But the bottom half is strikingly red.
I don't have a good explanation for this pattern, just pointing it out.
Seriously though, I'm not surprised to see DC high up on the list. The city has installed bicycle tracks on many streets and has a tremendously popular bike sharing program called CaBi. The dense urbanity of the city allows many residents the opportunity to either walk to work or walk to the Metro, as well as walk to many bars, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment venues. And the high number of 20 & 30-somethings seem to be very gym-focused, at least moreso than any other city in which I've lived (Columbus, Houston, and Chicago).
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this site, we're top in precip but not in the top 15 for rainfall. Most overcast/least sunny days, Buffalo'd be fighting for the win.
However, we are NOT the snowiest! That honor belongs to ... Rochester.
Never been so I have no basis for this, but I never got the impression that Atlanta and Reno were particularly "healthy". Is Reno that much different from Vegas (which I have been to)?
Living in Reno, I can say, what the heck? Number 6 of "most active cities"? Um, yeah, that's news to me. (We are close to Tahoe, and we certainly have our share of skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer, as well as water sports, but really??)
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Plus, Reno is full of Mexican food and casinos. When my sister-in-law and her husband go out for an evening, they go to the casino and collect complimentary points which they then use in casino restaurants, which is usually the typical Mexican fare of way too much rice and refried beans, with options like fried Mars bars for dessert.
In the most outward suburbs and into the rural areas, however, it's another story. I've lived in both areas in Georgia, and after moving away from Atlanta, I was more than a little surprised at the difference in the number of people I see out and about or hear about exercising or working out.
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There are probably two reasons for Reno's higher rating. First, with the growth of UNR, the university population is a disproportionaly high percentage of the city's population and those people tend to be more active. Second, I have the impression that Reno is one of the most popular retirement areas for active people, especially early retirees.
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