Arkansas’s 50
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

Outdoor adventures await in Arkansas for fitness enthusiasts who love spending time river rafting, climbing, and hiking. This southern central state is famous for its recreational activities with numerous parks, caves, and mountains that draw adventure seekers to its lands throughout the year. Arkansas builds a statewide wellness culture that includes mindfulness and rest, such as getaways to hot water springs, yoga retreats, and government programs. 

Interesting things to know about Arkansas: 

  • Arkansas is nicknamed The Natural State because of the copious amounts of valleys, mountains, rivers, and more. 
  • The Ozark National Forest covers more than one million acres in northern Arkansas. 
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas, generates 47 hot springs and claims to relieve physical ailments. 
16 %

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.

31 %

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 Home, Arkansas
Mountain Ho.
Fit Score: 81.19

Mountain Home, AR

Population 12,457
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 350
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 350
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.4
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.7
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 130
Frequent Mental Distress 14

2
Marion, Arkansas
Marion
Fit Score: 80.47

Marion, AR

Population 12,364
Exercise Opportunities 720
Physical Inactivity 370
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 410
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.54
Smoking 240
Frequent Physical Distress 15
Poor Physical Health Days 5
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 130
Frequent Mental Distress 15

3
Greenwood, Arkansas
Greenwood
Fit Score: 79.59

Greenwood, AR

Population 9,397
Exercise Opportunities 790
Physical Inactivity 300
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Smoking 220
Frequent Physical Distress 15
Poor Physical Health Days 4.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 15

4
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Heber Sprin.
Fit Score: 79.23

Heber Springs, AR

Population 6,949
Exercise Opportunities 650
Physical Inactivity 370
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 340
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.54
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 13
Poor Physical Health Days 4.2
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 13

5
West Memphis, Arkansas
West Memphi.
Fit Score: 78.92

West Memphis, AR

Population 24