Austin Makes List of Best Places to Live with an Active Lifestyle
WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities based on 34 key indicators of an active lifestyle. Take a look at their data set that ranges from average monthly fitness-club fee to bike score to share of physically inactive adults. Read on for the complete ranking, additional insight from their panel of experts and a full description of the studies methodology.
Austin ranked #17 on the list of most active and physically fit cities in the United States.
We evaluated those dimensions using 34 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for a physically active population. For metrics marked with an asterisk (*), we used the square root of the population to calculate the population size in order to avoid overcompensating for minor differences across cities.
Finally, we determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its Active Lifestyle Score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample. In determining our sample, we considered only the city proper in each case, excluding cities in the surrounding metro area.