Alabama’s 50
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

Known as the Heart of Dixie, Alabama is in the middle of the Deep South and inundated with landscapes perfect for fitness lifestyles. Dozens of national parks offer a unique backdrop for activities, from rock climbing and hiking to swimming and cycling through country-lands. The great outdoors create a space that invites mindfulness and mental wellbeing alongside outdoor fitness recreations.

Interesting things to know about Alabama: 

  • Alabama is home to the Cahaba River, one of the most scenic rivers in the U.S. to experience.
  • The Talladega Mountain range is a focal point of recreational activity in the U.S.
  • Alabama has 21 state parks to explore.
14 %

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.

28 %

The percentage of adults who report lack of physical activity.

35 %

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
Mountain Brook, Alabama
Mountain Br.
Fit Score: 76.92

Mountain Brook, AL

Population 20,306
Exercise Opportunities 800
Physical Inactivity 280
Access to Healthy Food 120
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 4.69
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 13
Poor Physical Health Days 20
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 13

2
Highland Lakes, Alabama
Highland La.
Fit Score: 76.52

Highland Lakes, AL

Population 5,394
Exercise Opportunities 870
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 4.2
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 15
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 11

3
Harvest, Alabama
Harvest
Fit Score: 76.07

Harvest, AL

Population 5,839
Exercise Opportunities 690
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 4.06
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 15
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

4
Vestavia Hills, Alabama
Vestavia Hi.
Fit Score: 75.65

Vestavia Hills, AL

Population 34,461
Exercise Opportunities 800
Physical Inactivity 280
Access to Healthy Food 120
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 4.69
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 13
Poor Physical Health Days 20
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 13

5
Meridianville, Alabama
Meridianvil.
Fit Score: 75.56

Meridianville, AL