Top 50 fittest cities in Arizona

Lifestyle | 27 Feb |

With the pandemic restricting our usual exercise regimes due to social distancing regulations, many Americans have had to adapt their fitness goals and align them with at-home workouts. Combined with the fact that many of us are comfort eating while in the midst of a global health crisis, this may have led some to gain the so-called, “Quarantine 15” without even realizing. However, the good news about working or studying from home is not having to worry about your daily commute taking up too much time that could be used to achieve your at-home fitness goals for the day. But what happens if you don’t have adequate space in your home and don’t live near an open outdoor area in order to work out? BarBend.com, the world’s leading strength training resource and news outlet, compiled a comprehensive list of the 50 fittest cities across Arizona, using data backed by studies based on a variety of factors.

These factors were combined to create an overall fitness score out of 100 for each city on the list. Fitness factors in this study include exercise opportunities, access to healthy food, air pollution, drinking water violations, physical inactivity, obesity and smoking, among others.

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It was found that Paradise Valley emerged in 1st position with an overall fitness score of 80.7. The town has a high rate of exercise opportunities at 920 (per 1,000 people) suggesting that the surrounding environment can play a key role in determining people’s fitness level. According to the CHR’s county health ranking model, “individuals who live closer to sidewalks, parks and gyms are more likely to exercise,” therefore access to exercise opportunities is crucial in maintaining a healthy population. Additionally, residents who live in neighborhoods with access to grocery stores that allow them to obtain healthy foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, are more likely to have healthier diets than those who do not have access to these kinds of supermarkets.

Considering the Grand Canyon State is abundant in national parks and natural landscapes, the great outdoors provides the perfect background for recreational activities, such as rock climbing, hiking, swimming and cycling. Additionally, the top 50 fittest cities in Arizona generally have low air pollution, low rates of physical inactivity, obesity and smoking. 

Here are the 50 fittest cities in Arizona

1. Paradise Valley, Arizona

Fit Score:80.7

Population: 14,502

Exercise Opportunities (per 1000): 920

Physical inactivity (per 1000): 190

Access to Healthy Food (per 1000): 4O

Obesity (per 1000): 270

Air Pollution (PM2.5): 3.71

Smoking (per 1000): 140

Physical Distress Days (per 30): 11

Poor Physical Health Days (per 30): 3

Drinking Water Violations: Yes

Drinking (per 1000): 190

Frequent Mental Distress (per 1000): 11

2. Rincon Valley, Arizona

Fit Score:80.6

Population: 6,151

Exercise Opportunities (per 1000): 860

Physical inactivity (per 1000): 180

Access to Healthy Food (per 1000): 😯

Obesity (per 1000): 250

Air Pollution (PM2.5): 2.77

Smoking (per 1000): 140

Physical Distress Days (per 30): 12

Poor Physical Health Days (per 30): 3

Drinking Water Violations: Yes

Drinking (per 1000): 170

Frequent Mental Distress (per 1000): 12

3. Williamson, Arizona

Fit Score:80.33

Population: 5,108

Exercise Opportunities (per 1000): 870

Physical inactivity (per 1000): 210

Access to Healthy Food (per 1000): 130

Obesity (per 1000): 240A

Air Pollution (PM2.5): 1.79

Smoking (per 1000): 150

Physical Distress Days (per 30): 11

Poor Physical Health Days (per 30): 3

Drinking Water Violations: Yes

Drinking (per 1000): 160

Frequent Mental Distress (per 1000): 12

4. Rio Rico, Arizona

Fit Score:80.23

Population: 18,891

Exercise Opportunities (per 1000): 670

Physical inactivity (per 1000): 180

Access to Healthy Food (per 1000): 130

Obesity (per 1000): 230

Air Pollution (PM2.5): 2.66

Smoking (per 1000): 160

Physical Distress Days (per 30): 15

Poor Physical Health Days (per 30): 4.6

Drinking Water Violations: Yes

Drinking (per 1000): 140

Frequent Mental Distress (per 1000): 13

5. Tanque Verde, Arizona

Fit Score:80.04

PopulationPopulation: 16,197

Exercise Opportunities (per 1000): 860P

Physical inactivity (per 1000): 180

Access to Healthy Food (per 1000): 80

Obesity (per 1000): 250

Air Pollution (PM2.5): 2.77

Smoking (per 1000): 140

Physical Distress Days (per 30): 12

Poor Physical Health Days (per 30): 3.9

Drinking Water Violations: Yes

Drinking (per 1000): 170

Frequent Mental Distress (per 1000): 12

6.Corona De Tucson, Arizona

Fit Score:80

Population: 7,583E

Exercise Opportunities (per 1000): 860

Physical inactivity (per 1000): 180

Access to Healthy Food (per 1000): 80

Obesity (per 1000): 250

Air Pollution (PM2.5): 2.77

Smoking (per 1000): 140

Physical Distress Days (per 30): 12

Poor Physical Health Days (per 30): 3.9

Drinking Water Violations: Yes

Drinking (per 1000): 170

Frequent Mental Distress (per 1000): 12

7. Prescott, Arizona

Fit Score:79.9

Population: 43,314

Exercise Opportunities (per 1000): 870

Physical inactivity (per 1000): 210

Access to Healthy Food (per 1000): 130

Obesity (per 1000): 240

Air Pollution (PM2.5): 1.79

Smoking (per 1000): 150

Physical Distress Days (per 30): 11

Poor Physical Health Days (per 30): 3.7

Drinking Water Violations: Yes

Drinking (per 1000): 160

Frequent Mental Distress (per 1000): 12

8. Verde Village, Arizona

Fit Score:79.84

Population: 12,584E

Exercise Opportunities (per 1000): 870

Physical inactivity (per 1000): 210

Access to Healthy Food (per 1000): 130

Obesity (per 1000): 240

Air Pollution (PM2.5): 1.79

Smoking (per 1000): 150

hysical Distress Days (per 30): 11

Poor Physical Health Days (per 30): 3.7

Drinking Water Violations: Yes

Drinking (per 1000): 160

Frequent Mental Distress (per 1000): 12

9. Chino Valley, Arizona

Fit Score:79.83

Population: 12,003

Exercise Opportunities (per 1000): 870

Physical inactivity (per 1000): 210A

Access to Healthy Food (per 1000): 130

Obesity (per 1000): 240

Air Pollution (PM2.5): 1.79

Smoking (per 1000): 150

Physical Distress Days (per 30): 11

Poor Physical Health Days (per 30): 3.7

Drinking Water Violations: Yes

Drinking (per 1000): 160

Frequent Mental Distress (per 1000): 12

10.Paulden, Arizona

Fit Score:79.76

Population: 5,064E

Exercise Opportunities (per 1000): 870

Physical inactivity (per 1000): 210

Access to Healthy Food (per 1000): 130

Obesity (per 1000): 240

Air Pollution (PM2.5): 1.79

Smoking (per 1000): 150

Physical Distress Days (per 30): 11

Poor Physical Health Days (per 30): 3.7

Drinking Water Violations: Yes

Drinking (per 1000): 160

Frequent Mental Distress (per 1000): 12

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11. Prescott Valley, Arizona

Fit Score:79.71

12. Catalina Foothills, Arizona

Fit Score:79.6

13. Marana, Arizona

Fit Score:79.55

14. Camp Verde, Arizona

Fit Score:79.52

15. Oro Valley, Arizona

Fit Score:79.49

16.Nogales, Arizona

Fit Score:79.46

17.Lake Montezuma, Arizona

Fit Score:79.44

18.Vail, Arizona

Fit Score:79.4

19.Sahuarita, Arizona

Fit Score:79.26

20.Cottonwood, Arizona

Fit Score:79.23

21.Casas Adobes, Arizona

Fit Score:78.78

22. Valencia West, Arizona

Fit Score:78.72

23.Fortuna Foothills, Arizona

Fit Score:78.49

24. Picture Rocks, Arizona

Fit Score:78.49

25. Catalina, Arizona

Fit Score:78.42

26. Drexel Heights, Arizona

Fit Score:78.41

27. Yuma, Arizona

Fit Score:78.38

28. Payson, Arizona

Fit Score:78.33

29. Green Valley, Arizona

Fit Score:78.31

30. Globe, Arizona

Fit Score:78.26

31. Tucson Estates, Arizona

Fit Score:78.25

32. Avra Valley, Arizona

Fit Score:78.22

33. Somerton, Arizona

Fit Score:78.05

34. Saddlebrooke, Arizona

Fit Score:78.03

35. Tucson, Arizona

Fit Score:78.01

36. Gold Canyon, Arizona

Fit Score:77.94

37. San Luis, Arizona

Fit Score:77.92

38. Summit, Arizona

Fit Score:77.9

39. Maricopa, Arizona

Fit Score:77.89

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40. Three Points, Arizona

Fit Score:77.89

41. Flowing Wells, Arizona

Fit Score:77.82

42. Anthem, Arizona

Fit Score:77.68

43. San Tan Valley, Arizona

Fit Score:77.65

44. Queen Creek, Arizona

Fit Score:77.63

45. Cave Creek, Arizona

Fit Score:77.57

46. Gilbert, Arizona

Fit Score:77.43

47. South Tucson, Arizona

Fit Score:77.33

48. Scottsdale, Arizona

Fit Score:77.16

49. Florence, Arizona

Fit Score:77.08

50. Litchfield Park, Arizona

Fit Score:77.07

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