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Idaho’s
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

Idaho may be known best for its potatoes, but its untouched wilderness areas and nature reserves make it a hotspot for active lifestyles. Idaho has over 4 million acres of recreational land, from lakes and rivers to soaring mountains and valleys. It cultivates healthy lifestyles through the sheer number of outdoor recreations, fitness establishments, and mindfulness retreats available. The Idaho Fitness Festival welcomes fitness lovers across the U.S. to become healthier as a connected community. 

Interesting things to know about Idaho: 

  • Hells Canyon in Idaho is the deepest river gorge in North America at almost 8,000 feet deep.
  • Idaho is a major producer of lentils and known as the Lentil Capital of the World.
  • St. Joe River is the world’s highest navigable river and has some of the best spots for outdoor recreation. 
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.

14 %

The percentage of adults who report lack of physical activity.

28 %

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
Weiser, Idaho
Weiser
Fit Score: 84.4

Weiser, ID

Population 5,381
Exercise Opportunities 740
Physical Inactivity 0
Access to Healthy Food 100
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 13
Poor Physical Health Days 4.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 130
Frequent Mental Distress 13

2
Payette, Idaho
Payette
Fit Score: 79.7

Payette, ID

Population 7,527
Exercise Opportunities 670
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 100
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.22
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 4.1
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

3
Ammon, Idaho
Ammon
Fit Score: 79.67

Ammon, ID

Population 16,475
Exercise Opportunities 790
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.73
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

4
Fruitland, Idaho
Fruitland
Fit Score: 79.55

Fruitland, ID

Population 5,388
Exercise Opportunities 670
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 100
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.22
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 4.1
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

5
Rupert, Idaho
Rupert
Fit Score: 79.31

Rupert, ID

Population 5,769
Exercise Opportunities 650
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.59
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

6
Middleton, Idaho
Middleton
Fit Score: 79.23

Middleton, ID

Population 8,009
Exercise Opportunities 780
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 350
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.75
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

7
Nampa, Idaho
Nampa
Fit Score: 79.22

Nampa, ID

Population 96,252
Exercise Opportunities 780
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 350
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.75
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

8
Caldwell, Idaho
Caldwell
Fit Score: 79.22

Caldwell, ID

Population 56,541
Exercise Opportunities 780
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 350
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.75
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

9
Twin Falls, Idaho
Twin Falls
Fit Score: 79.18

Twin Falls, ID

Population 49,764
Exercise Opportunities 760
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.66
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.7
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

10
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Idaho Falls
Fit Score: 79.18

Idaho Falls, ID

Population 61,535
Exercise Opportunities 790
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.73
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

11
Emmett, Idaho
Emmett
Fit Score: 79.07

Emmett, ID

Population 6,903
Exercise Opportunities 770
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 120
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.29
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 13
Poor Physical Health Days 4.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 13

12
Burley, Idaho
Burley
Fit Score: 77.9

Burley, ID

Population 10,525
Exercise Opportunities 610
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 120
Obesity 350
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.49
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.7
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

13
Eagle, Idaho
Eagle
Fit Score: 77.58

Eagle, ID

Population 28,363
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 11

14
Preston, Idaho
Preston
Fit Score: 77.57

Preston, ID

Population 5,501
Exercise Opportunities 660
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 360
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.07
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.6
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

15
Rexburg, Idaho
Rexburg
Fit Score: 76.97

Rexburg, ID

Population 28,687
Exercise Opportunities 840
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.59
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 15

16
Meridian, Idaho
Meridian
Fit Score: 76.93

Meridian, ID

Population 106,804
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 11

17
Kuna, Idaho
Kuna
Fit Score: 76.88

Kuna, ID

Population 20,746
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 11

18
Star, Idaho
Star
Fit Score: 76.61

Star, ID

Population 9,940
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 11

19
Boise City, Idaho
Boise City
Fit Score: 76.57

Boise City, ID

Population 228,790
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 11

20
Hayden, Idaho
Hayden
Fit Score: 76.51

Hayden, ID

Population 15,166
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 150
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 4.13
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 12

21
Jerome, Idaho
Jerome
Fit Score: 76.49

Jerome, ID

Population 11,807
Exercise Opportunities 720
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 120
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.77
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 12

22
Rathdrum, Idaho
Rathdrum
Fit Score: 76.35

Rathdrum, ID

Population 8,704
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 150
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 4.13
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 12

23
Post Falls, Idaho
Post Falls
Fit Score: 76.26

Post Falls, ID

Population 34,691
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 150
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 4.13
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 12

24
Garden City, Idaho
Garden City
Fit Score: 76.16

Garden City, ID

Population 11,911
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 11

25
Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
Coeur D'Ale.
Fit Score: 76.15

Coeur D'Alene, ID

Population 51,303
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 150
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 4.13
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 12

26
Hailey, Idaho
Hailey
Fit Score: 76.13

Hailey, ID

Population 8,501
Exercise Opportunities 800
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.17
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 11

27
Blackfoot, Idaho
Blackfoot
Fit Score: 75.87

Blackfoot, ID

Population 11,946
Exercise Opportunities 460
Physical Inactivity 120
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.59
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 4.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 13

28
Chubbuck, Idaho
Chubbuck
Fit Score: 75.86

Chubbuck, ID

Population 15,316
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.35
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 13
Poor Physical Health Days 4.4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 13

29
Lewiston, Idaho
Lewiston
Fit Score: 75.85

Lewiston, ID

Population 32,817
Exercise Opportunities 610
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.15
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 12

30
Sandpoint, Idaho
Sandpoint
Fit Score: 75.72

Sandpoint, ID

Population 8,703
Exercise Opportunities 790
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 260
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.6
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 12

31
Pocatello, Idaho
Pocatello
Fit Score: 75.34

Pocatello, ID

Population 56,266
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.35
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 13
Poor Physical Health Days 4.4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 13

32
Mountain Home, Idaho
Mountain Ho.
Fit Score: 75.33

Mountain Home, ID

Population 14,451
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 130
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.56
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 12

33
Moscow, Idaho
Moscow
Fit Score: 73.27

Moscow, ID

Population 25,766
Exercise Opportunities 820
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 220
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.26
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.7
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 12

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.