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Kansas’s 50
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

As the United States’ most productive agricultural state, Kansas welcomes health conscious individuals to enjoy a flourishing and fertile environment. Kansas creates a unique focus on health through nutrition, and one can find many farm-to-table restaurants and organic farmer’s markets throughout the state. With a humid and warm climate, Kansas welcomes year-round outside activity. Hills, major rivers, and forests cover the land and build optimal recreational fitness sites, including runs, swims, and active exploration.

Interesting things to know about Kansas: 

  • Kansas is a major producer of sunflowers
  • Kansas grows more wheat than any other state in the U.S.
  • Farmland covers 88% of the state.
17 %

The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to higher blood pressure, poorer liver function, increased stroke risk and larger waistlines.

24 %

The percentage of adults who report lack of physical activity.

33 %

The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher BMI may be an indicator of greater risk to physical health.

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1
Newton, Kansas
Newton
Fit Score: 83.52

Newton, KS

Population 18,746
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.22
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 10

2
Soldier, Kansas
Soldier
Fit Score: 82.43

Soldier, KS

Population 15,118
Exercise Opportunities 910
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 90
Obesity 360
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.36
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 11

3
Tecumseh, Kansas
Tecumseh
Fit Score: 82.22

Tecumseh, KS

Population 7,805
Exercise Opportunities 910
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 90
Obesity 360
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.36
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 11

4
Leawood, Kansas
Leawood
Fit Score: 81.77

Leawood, KS

Population 34,689
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.43
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 7
Poor Physical Health Days 2.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

5
Garden City, Kansas
Garden City
Fit Score: 81.5

Garden City, KS

Population 26,546
Exercise Opportunities 850
Physical Inactivity 280
Access to Healthy Food 90
Obesity 370
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.66
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 11

6
Liberal, Kansas
Liberal
Fit Score: 81.44

Liberal, KS

Population 19,495
Exercise Opportunities 840
Physical Inactivity 250
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 360
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.52
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.6
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 11

7
Topeka, Kansas
Topeka
Fit Score: 81.01

Topeka, KS

Population 125,904
Exercise Opportunities 910
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 90
Obesity 360
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.36
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 11

8
McPherson, Kansas
McPherson
Fit Score: 80.79

McPherson, KS

Population 13,077
Exercise Opportunities 740
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.08
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 2.7
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 9

9
Winfield, Kansas
Winfield
Fit Score: 80.63

Winfield, KS

Population 12,057
Exercise Opportunities 710
Physical Inactivity 260
Access to Healthy Food 140
Obesity 380
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.26
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 11

10
Ulysses, Kansas
Ulysses
Fit Score: 80.63

Ulysses, KS

Population 5,756
Exercise Opportunities 800
Physical Inactivity 270
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 360
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.52
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 10

11
Arkansas City, Kansas
Arkansas Ci.
Fit Score: 80.35

Arkansas City, KS

Population 11,793
Exercise Opportunities 710
Physical Inactivity 260
Access to Healthy Food 140
Obesity 380
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.26
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 11

12
Hutchinson, Kansas
Hutchinson
Fit Score: 79.97

Hutchinson, KS

Population 40,623
Exercise Opportunities 670
Physical Inactivity 270
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 390
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.08
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 11

13
Salina, Kansas
Salina
Fit Score: 79.94

Salina, KS

Population 46,716
Exercise Opportunities 830
Physical Inactivity 280
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 370
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.98
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 10

14
Dodge City, Kansas
Dodge City
Fit Score: 79.91

Dodge City, KS

Population 27,329
Exercise Opportunities 780
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.66
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.6
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 11

15
Bel Aire, Kansas
Bel Aire
Fit Score: 79.8

Bel Aire, KS

Population 8,073
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

16
Grant, Kansas
Grant
Fit Score: 79.71

Grant, KS

Population 5,277
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

17
Derby, Kansas
Derby
Fit Score: 79.56

Derby, KS

Population 24,721
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

18
Rockford, Kansas
Rockford
Fit Score: 79.53

Rockford, KS

Population 24,839
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

19
Attica, Kansas
Attica
Fit Score: 79.53

Attica, KS

Population 7,144
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

20
Park, Kansas
Park
Fit Score: 79.39

Park, KS

Population 5,824
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

21
Valley Center, Kansas
Valley Cent.
Fit Score: 79.35

Valley Center, KS

Population 7,313
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

22
Mulvane, Kansas
Mulvane
Fit Score: 79.34

Mulvane, KS

Population 6,416
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

23
Prairie Village, Kansas
Prairie Vil.
Fit Score: 79.27

Prairie Village, KS

Population 22,389
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.43
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 7
Poor Physical Health Days 2.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

24
Park City, Kansas
Park City
Fit Score: 79.23

Park City, KS

Population 7,730
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

25
Gypsum, Kansas
Gypsum
Fit Score: 79.22

Gypsum, KS

Population 7,814
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

26
Olathe, Kansas
Olathe
Fit Score: 79.22

Olathe, KS

Population 139,605
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.43
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 7
Poor Physical Health Days 2.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

27
Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City
Fit Score: 79.21

Kansas City, KS

Population 152,958
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 300
Access to Healthy Food 140
Obesity 390
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.54
Smoking 230
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.7
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

28
Shawnee, Kansas
Shawnee
Fit Score: 79.19

Shawnee, KS

Population 65,845
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.43
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 7
Poor Physical Health Days 2.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

29
Lenexa, Kansas
Lenexa
Fit Score: 79.16

Lenexa, KS

Population 55,294
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.43
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 7
Poor Physical Health Days 2.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

30
Salem, Kansas
Salem
Fit Score: 79.05

Salem, KS

Population 9,828
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

31
Overland Park, Kansas
Overland Pa.
Fit Score: 79.05

Overland Park, KS

Population 192,536
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.43
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 7
Poor Physical Health Days 2.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

32
Haysville, Kansas
Haysville
Fit Score: 78.88

Haysville, KS

Population 11,264
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

33
Gardner, Kansas
Gardner
Fit Score: 78.82

Gardner, KS

Population 21,871
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.43
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 7
Poor Physical Health Days 2.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

34
Riverside, Kansas
Riverside
Fit Score: 78.76

Riverside, KS

Population 14,351
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

35
Wichita, Kansas
Wichita
Fit Score: 78.75

Wichita, KS

Population 389,255
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

36
Spring Hill, Kansas
Spring Hill
Fit Score: 78.67

Spring Hill, KS

Population 6,967
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.43
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 7
Poor Physical Health Days 2.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

37
Chanute, Kansas
Chanute
Fit Score: 78.56

Chanute, KS

Population 9,018
Exercise Opportunities 740
Physical Inactivity 290
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 360
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.36
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

38
Roeland Park, Kansas
Roeland Par.
Fit Score: 78.55

Roeland Park, KS

Population 6,758
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.43
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 7
Poor Physical Health Days 2.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

39
Iola, Kansas
Iola
Fit Score: 78.41

Iola, KS

Population 5,312
Exercise Opportunities 730
Physical Inactivity 280
Access to Healthy Food 200
Obesity 380
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.33
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 11

40
Merriam, Kansas
Merriam
Fit Score: 78.27

Merriam, KS

Population 11,178
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.43
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 7
Poor Physical Health Days 2.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

41
Lansing, Kansas
Lansing
Fit Score: 78.26

Lansing, KS

Population 11,964
Exercise Opportunities 790
Physical Inactivity 250
Access to Healthy Food 100
Obesity 370
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.54
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 9

42
Bonner Springs, Kansas
Bonner Spri.
Fit Score: 78.23

Bonner Springs, KS

Population 7,804
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.43
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 7
Poor Physical Health Days 2.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

43
Mission, Kansas
Mission
Fit Score: 78.21

Mission, KS

Population 9,373
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.43
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 7
Poor Physical Health Days 2.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

44
Fairmount, Kansas
Fairmount
Fit Score: 78.2

Fairmount, KS

Population 10,659
Exercise Opportunities 790
Physical Inactivity 250
Access to Healthy Food 100
Obesity 370
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.54
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 9

45
Great Bend, Kansas
Great Bend
Fit Score: 78.08

Great Bend, KS

Population 15,170
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 250
Access to Healthy Food 90
Obesity 390
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.77
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 11

46
De Soto, Kansas
De Soto
Fit Score: 78.06

De Soto, KS

Population 6,443
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.43
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 7
Poor Physical Health Days 2.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 8

47
Basehor, Kansas
Basehor
Fit Score: 78.03

Basehor, KS

Population 6,194
Exercise Opportunities 790
Physical Inactivity 250
Access to Healthy Food 100
Obesity 370
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.54
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 9

48
Pratt, Kansas
Pratt
Fit Score: 78.01

Pratt, KS

Population 6,630
Exercise Opportunities 760
Physical Inactivity 290
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.73
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 10

49
Tonganoxie, Kansas
Tonganoxie
Fit Score: 77.61

Tonganoxie, KS

Population 5,524
Exercise Opportunities 790
Physical Inactivity 250
Access to Healthy Food 100
Obesity 370
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.54
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 9

50
Paola, Kansas
Paola
Fit Score: 77.5

Paola, KS

Population 5,670
Exercise Opportunities 630
Physical Inactivity 270
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 370
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.4
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 10

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

RankCityPopulation Exercise OpportunitiesPhysical InactivityHealthy Food AccessObesityAir Pollution (PM2.5)SmokingDrinkingPhysical DistressFit Score
51Leavenworth360627902501003703.541601703.277.33
52Emporia24765710230703803.191901603.576.81
53Wellington77486202901004003.191601603.176.12
54Parsons9665690290703503.472101603.776.07
55Independence85987503201004003.541901603.675.71
56Andover13278680270703503.361801803.175.67
57Atchison10560740320604303.41901703.375.63
58Coffeyville93667503201004003.541901603.675.61
59Bruno15565680270703503.361801803.175.55
60Junction City221208602401303603.081801803.275.29
61Ottawa122675602601803403.292001603.275.19
62Hays20852900240603202.631601903.275.11
63Pleasant5157680270703503.361801803.175.09
64Smoky Hill61758602401303603.081801803.275.09
65Colby53177903001103502.311501802.975.04
66Pittsburg201787902601403303.41901703.575
67Fort Riley78088602401303603.081801803.274.93
68Abilene6300470280303403.081701702.974.56
69Augusta9342680270703503.361801803.174.27
70Fort Scott7765430300803603.332001603.674.24
71El Dorado12935680270703503.361801803.174.08
72Palmyra7386920170402803.431502203.473.21
73Eudora6384920170402803.431502203.473.21
74Manhattan5495969022003103.191602002.772.95
75Lawrence97286920170402803.431502203.472.35
76Madison98729001602002503.151502303.268.28

How Did We Determine the Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles?

We compiled our list of Best Cities for for Fit Lifestyle by looking at 11 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.