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