Massachusetts’s 50
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

Massachusetts may be a leading state of academia and history, but its emphasis on health care, the prevalence of professional sports, and historical parks and centers create a wellness and health oasis. Massachusetts ranks second for its health care quality and access, ingraining wellbeing into its public and private institutions. A strong college presence across the state brings youthful and active energy seen in fitness studios, health clubs, and clean-eating markets.

Interesting things to know about Massachusetts: 

  • Both basketball and volleyball originated in Massachusetts. 
  • Massachusetts’ state berry is the cranberry, a superfood with high nutrient content. 
  • The Boston Common became the first public park in the United States.
20 %

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.

20 %

The percentage of adults who report lack of physical activity.

24 %

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
Weston, Massachusetts
Weston
Fit Score: 81.89

Weston, MA

Population 12,134
Exercise Opportunities 970
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.98
Smoking 110
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 10

2
Boxford, Massachusetts
Boxford
Fit Score: 81.48

Boxford, MA

Population 8,367
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.73
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 12

3
Dover, Massachusetts
Dover
Fit Score: 81.43

Dover, MA

Population 6,101
Exercise Opportunities 940
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 220
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.84
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 2.9
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 10

4
Andover, Massachusetts
Andover
Fit Score: 81.04

Andover, MA

Population 36,403
Exercise Opportunities 950
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.73
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 12

5
Sudbury, Massachusetts
Sudbury
Fit Score: 80.94

Sudbury, MA

Population 19,627
Exercise Opportunities 970
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.98
Smoking 110