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Alaska’s
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

Known as The Last Frontier, Alaska beckons those seeking health and wellness through comforting isolation. Icy glaciers, frosted tundras, and mountain ranges make up the Alaskan landscape and create a hotbed for recreational activities. Hunting, sledding, and skiing are only a few ways that Alaska encourages active lifestyles. Due to long periods of freezing weather, Alaskans build healthy relationships with food to ensure nutrition through a hunter-gatherer mindset.

Interesting things to know about Alaska: 

  • Alaska has around 34,000 miles of coastline, more than the rest of the U.S. combined. 
  • The state sport of Alaska is dog mushing. 
  • 17 of the United States’s highest mountain peaks reside in Alaska. 
19 %

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.

19 %

The percentage of adults who report lack of physical activity.

30 %

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
Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage
Fit Score: 77.95

Anchorage, AK

Population 291,538
Exercise Opportunities 920
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 10

2
Juneau, Alaska
Juneau
Fit Score: 75.23

Juneau, AK

Population 32,113
Exercise Opportunities 1,000
Physical Inactivity 150
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 10

3
Kodiak, Alaska
Kodiak
Fit Score: 74.55

Kodiak, AK

Population 5,968
Exercise Opportunities 990
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 9

4
Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan
Fit Score: 73.38

Ketchikan, AK

Population 8,289
Exercise Opportunities 1,000
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 360
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 200
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 11

5
Sitka, Alaska
Sitka
Fit Score: 73.12

Sitka, AK

Population 8,647
Exercise Opportunities 1,000
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 10

6
Kalifornsky, Alaska
Kalifornsky
Fit Score: 72.9

Kalifornsky, AK

Population 8,588
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 11

7
Sterling, Alaska
Sterling
Fit Score: 72.66

Sterling, AK

Population 5,387
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 11

8
Homer, Alaska
Homer
Fit Score: 71.99

Homer, AK

Population 5,810
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 11

9
Kenai, Alaska
Kenai
Fit Score: 71.95

Kenai, AK

Population 7,778
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 11

10
Chena Ridge, Alaska
Chena Ridge
Fit Score: 69.99

Chena Ridge, AK

Population 6,155
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 10

11
Steele Creek, Alaska
Steele Cree.
Fit Score: 69.59

Steele Creek, AK

Population 7,571
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 10

12
Badger, Alaska
Badger
Fit Score: 69.45

Badger, AK

Population 19,039
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 10

13
Farmers Loop, Alaska
Farmers Loo.
Fit Score: 69.3

Farmers Loop, AK

Population 5,092
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 10

14
College, Alaska
College
Fit Score: 69.24

College, AK

Population 14,362
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 10

15
Gateway, Alaska
Gateway
Fit Score: 68.75

Gateway, AK

Population 6,694
Exercise Opportunities 570
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

16
Bethel, Alaska
Bethel
Fit Score: 68.71

Bethel, AK

Population 6,493
Exercise Opportunities 960
Physical Inactivity 280
Access to Healthy Food 420
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 330
Frequent Physical Distress 19
Poor Physical Health Days 5.7
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 18

17
Fairbanks, Alaska
Fairbanks
Fit Score: 68.62

Fairbanks, AK

Population 31,516
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 10

18
Fishhook, Alaska
Fishhook
Fit Score: 68.47

Fishhook, AK

Population 6,040
Exercise Opportunities 570
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

19
Lakes, Alaska
Lakes
Fit Score: 68.31

Lakes, AK

Population 9,424
Exercise Opportunities 570
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

20
Knik-Fairview, Alaska
Knik-Fairvi.
Fit Score: 68.3

Knik-Fairview, AK

Population 17,203
Exercise Opportunities 570
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

21
Tanaina, Alaska
Tanaina
Fit Score: 68.08

Tanaina, AK

Population 10,512
Exercise Opportunities 570
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

22
Meadow Lakes, Alaska
Meadow Lake.
Fit Score: 67.39

Meadow Lakes, AK

Population 7,665
Exercise Opportunities 570
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

23
Wasilla, Alaska
Wasilla
Fit Score: 67.31

Wasilla, AK

Population 10,529
Exercise Opportunities 570
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

24
Palmer, Alaska
Palmer
Fit Score: 67.24

Palmer, AK

Population 7,306
Exercise Opportunities 570
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

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.