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The Most Active States in America

Are people in your state active?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, has put together a list of the most active states, as well as the least active states in the nation. Each state is ranked based on the percentage of people in each state meeting physical activity recommendations. Does your state make the top ten?

  1. Alaska: 56.7%
  2. Vermont: 55.9%
  3. Wisconsin: 55.6%
  4. Wyoming: 54.8%
  5. Montana: 54.7%
  6. New Hampshire: 54.4%
  7. Oregon: 54.3%
  8. Washington: 52.9%
  9. Maine and Utah: 52.8%
  10. California: 52.7%

Yay California - woot, woot!

To see the most sedentary states, just

The following ranks states by the percentage of people who are physically inactive, defined as those who report being physically active for less than 10 minutes per week.

  1. Puerto Rico: 37.3%
  2. Kentucky: 28.8%
  3. Louisiana: 25.3%
  4. Tennessee: 24.3%
  5. West Virginia: 24%
  6. U.S. Virgin Islands: 22.3%
  7. Mississippi: 21.9%
  8. Alabama: 20.1%
  9. North Carolina: 19.5%
  10. Georgia: 19%

To see the full list, visit the CDC website.

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lynn2007 lynn2007 8 years
yeah, I'm glad Ohio is pretty average when it comes to being active.
RachB424 RachB424 8 years
Thank god Ohio! A big YIPPEEEE for not being in the sedentary list!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yay for Wisconsin!!!! I'm actually kind of surprised that we made the top ten, but I guess a lot of people around here DO hunt, fish, ski, bike, etc. I'm surprised that a lot of the warm weather states are so inactive. If I didn't have to deal with winter, I think I'd be a LOT more active. I hate running in the snow.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 8 years
WHATTT? i go to school in virginia.. and outside of the college town pretty much 99% of the people are overweight. new jersey seems to be much fitter then virginia, but maybe thats just because I live by the beach and poeple know they'll have to be in bikinis for 4 months out of the year.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
CT came in the 50- 54.9% range. Not too bad however it could be better.
Vexedlovely Vexedlovely 8 years
I would expect California to be in the top five also. I am from southern California and everyone obssessed with working out.
LolaKat LolaKat 8 years
Alaska doesn't suprise me -- I moved here two years ago and this state has made me an outdoorsy-wild woman! I hike to the top of crazy-hard mountains, run every other day, sail, fish... just because it's the lifestyle up here. Woot woot, Alaska!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
What about Colorado? :( I thought we'd make the top 10! Oh well... :robot:
amybdk amybdk 8 years
What about Colorado? :( I thought we'd make the top 10! Oh well... :robot:
Tutta Tutta 8 years
Woo hoo! At least Texas wasn't in the bottom 10...haha
goodbyekitty goodbyekitty 8 years
I'm in one of the lazy states! (Georgia) At least I try to be pretty active!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Hmm, I thought Californians would be at least in the top 5. Ah well. At least we made the top 10 of most active. Beaches, mountains, rivers, deserts, we have it all out here and can do most things at any time of the year. Yay!! Can't wait until spring for river rafting!
darkoblivion darkoblivion 8 years
I'm from Kentucky and considering most of the people I know are overweight, I can definitely believe it. It's truly sad. In fact, they all look at me as if *I* am the one who is weird for working out 6 days per week.
blondewithbangs blondewithbangs 8 years
oh no! Im in Louisiana! I just moved here from california and i can def say i work out LESS since ive been here. :(
tooq2love tooq2love 8 years
:woohoo: wisconsin!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
LOL Syako...speaking of being fat! J/K....It's funny that COLD states, people move more! You'd think they'd be holed up not wanting to exercise, lol. California needs MORE nutrition help though.
syako syako 8 years
you from New orleans? (ps speaking of food, every time I see your avatar I want to eat a whole box of sprinkles, yum!)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Syako - same here! Maybe it's a food+heat combo? All I can say is that I groaned, but wasn't all that surprised, to see my state in the dark pink category.
Beaner Beaner 8 years
Yeah VT - #2! Wahoo!
fashionhore fashionhore 8 years
Woohoo for Wisconsonites! I am surprised by that, however, we do hunt a lot up here. I am really surprised that NY is only light blue. I would think that they would be darker blue at least for walking. Fit: do you know if this survey counted physical activity as something that you don't do normally, such as walking for NY-ers? Because then that would make sense.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
Yup, yup! Washington baby! You know, who can resist climbing those mountains? :wink:
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
washington woot woot i'm surprised alaska is # 1 who woulda thought? i've always wanted to go there :please: that reminds me..men in trees is tomorrow! :dance:
kgtg1 kgtg1 8 years
I am in Georgia! It doesn't surprise me that we made the sedentary list. I agree though, how can a person do less than 10 mins of physical activity a week? Do they never leave their beds? I would go crazy.
syako syako 8 years
Um - runs and hides in a corner - I live in LOUISIANA! People need to move. How can you only do LESS THAN 10 minutes A WEEK of physical activity. What lazy bums I live with, huh?
workofiction workofiction 8 years
Yay to Ohio for being average!
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