Guess who topped Austin on the latest fittest cities in America list?

Runners get their miles in on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. Photo by Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman

Another day, another ranking of the fittest cities in America.

Yawn.

This time, the American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index Ranking anoints Arlington, Virginia, as the fittest city in the country. Austin slides in at a rather anemic 42nd place.

The list, compiled in conjunction with the Anthem Foundation, evaluates America’s 100 largest cities using 33 health behaviors, chronic diseases and community infrastructure indicators.

Last year, the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area topped the list. With the twin cities split, Minneapolis now ranks second and St. Paul ranks eighth.

Two Texas cities – Plano and Dallas – ranked above Austin in the list. Oklahoma City pulled up the bootstraps, coming in last place. Also beating us out? Atlanta, Cincinnati, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Pittsburgh.

Take these lists with a grain of salt. I’d say Austin deserves a higher position on the board. Have you scanned Lady Bird Lake for paddlers on the weekend? Ridden a bike on the Greenbelt? Seen groups of runners logging miles? We’ve got plenty of work to do – so does every city in the country – but we deserve better.

The study points out that only 22 percent of Americans meet national physical activity guidelines. It also notes that the average smoking rate was 15 percent, 35 percent reported their mental health was not good in the past 30 days, nearly a third of adults reported eating at least two servings of fruit per day and just 18 percent said they eat three or more servings of vegetables per day. It also said 4.6 percent of people walked or rode a bike to work, a number I find surprisingly high.

To see the entire American Fitness Index, go here.

Overall Rank, Overall Score

1. Arlington, VA 77.7

2. Minneapolis, MN 77.2

3. Washington, D.C. 74.0

4. Madison, WI 72.4

5. Portland, OR 71.6

6. Seattle, WA 71.5

7. Denver, CO 70.2

8. St. Paul, MN 70.2

9. San Jose, CA 69.8

10. Boise, ID 69.2

11. Oakland, CA 68.5

12. Plano, TX 67.9

13. Irvine, CA 67.8

14. San Francisco, CA 67.3

15. Boston, MA 67.1

16. San Diego, CA 66.4

17. Lincoln, NE 65.7

18. Raleigh, NC 62.9

19. Fremont, CA 62.3

20. Atlanta, GA 61.5

21. Anchorage, AK 60.6

22. Aurora, CO 60.5

23. St. Petersburg, FL 60.4

24. Colorado Springs, CO 58.1

25. Miami, FL 57.4

26. Durham, NC 57.2

27. Sacramento, CA 57.1

28. Albuquerque, NM 57.0

29. Cincinnati, OH 57.0

30. Virginia Beach, VA 56.9

31. Dallas, TX 56.7

32. Chicago, IL 56.7

33. Omaha, NE 55.8

34. Milwaukee, WI 55.8

35. Chula Vista, CA 55.3

36. Pittsburgh, PA 55.1

37. Tampa, FL 55.0

38. Orlando, FL 54.8

39. Long Beach, CA 54.8

40. Santa Ana, CA 53.7

41. Anaheim, CA 52.8

42. Austin, TX 52.5

43. Buffalo, NY 52.5

44. Norfolk, VA 51.9

45. New Orleans, LA 51.8

46. Honolulu, HI 51.5

47. Tucson, AZ 51.5

48. Reno, NV 50.0

49. Cleveland, OH 49.2

50. Los Angeles, CA 48.9

51. Garland, TX 48.9

52. New York, NY 48.6

53. Hialeah, FL 48.2

54. Irving, TX 48.1

55. Richmond, VA 47.7

56. Fort Worth, TX 47.6

57. St. Louis, MO 47.4

58. Glendale, AZ 47.3

59. Charlotte, NC 47.2

60. Houston, TX 46.9

61. Scottsdale, AZ 46.9

62. Riverside, CA 45.8

63. Las Vegas, NV 45.1

64. Jacksonville, FL 45.0

65. Nashville, TN 44.2

66. Bakersfield, CA 44.0

67. Baton Rouge, LA 43.4

68. San Antonio, TX 43.4

69. Jersey City, NJ 43.2

70. Lexington, KY 42.9

71. Greensboro, NC 42.8

72. Phoenix, AZ 42.5

73. Henderson, NV 42.4

74. Kansas City, MO 41.5

75. Chesapeake, VA 41.5

76. Chandler, AZ 40.9

77. Corpus Christi, TX 40.6

78. Baltimore, MD 40.5

79. Columbus, OH 40.3

80. El Paso, TX 40.3

81. Mesa, AZ 40.2

82. Philadelphia, PA 39.8

83. Arlington, TX 39.7

84. Fort Wayne, IN 39.2

85. Stockton, CA 38.8

86. Newark, NJ 38.6

87. Lubbock, TX 36.6

88. Memphis, TN 35.5

89. Laredo, TX 34.9

90. Winston-Salem, NC 34.5

91. Tulsa, OK 34.4

92. North Las Vegas, NV 34.0

93. Gilbert, AZ 33.5

94. Fresno, CA 33.0

95. Wichita, KS 32.5

96. Toledo, OH 30.3

97. Detroit, MI 30.0

98. Louisville, KY 27.0

99. Indianapolis, IN 26.9

100. Oklahoma City, OK 26.3

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