Mississippi’s 50
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

Extensive plains, rolling hills, and broad rivers make up the Mississippi landscape that encourages staying fit and active. A smaller amount of gym facilities means that fitness enthusiasts utilize the plethora of natural landscapes to run, swim, bike, and kayak to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Agritourism is a significant feature of Mississippi’s industry, bringing to life a growing connection to nutrition and wellness. 

Interesting things to know about Mississippi: 

  • The University of Mississippi is the only federally-funded research center investigating cannabis’s medical effects. 
  • Mississippi is home to the longest man-made beach in the world, stretching along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 
  • 63% of Mississippi is covered in forests, perfect for hiking through nature. 
14 %

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.

37 %

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
Greenville, Mississippi
Greenville
Fit Score: 83.33

Greenville, MS

Population 29,898
Exercise Opportunities 800
Physical Inactivity 350
Access to Healthy Food 190
Obesity 430
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.54
Smoking 210
Frequent Physical Distress 16
Poor Physical Health Days 4.8
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 100
Frequent Mental Distress 15

2
Madison, Mississippi
Madison
Fit Score: 82.9

Madison, MS

Population 25,676
Exercise Opportunities 800
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.75
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 11

3
West Point, Mississippi
West Point
Fit Score: 82.55

West Point, MS

Population 10,520
Exercise Opportunities 670
Physical Inactivity 310
Access to Healthy Food 150
Obesity 370
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.64
Smoking 200
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 110
Frequent Mental Distress 14

4
Clarksdale, Mississippi
Clarksdale
Fit Score: 81.99

Clarksdale, MS

Population 15,304
Exercise Opportunities 720
Physical Inactivity 320
Access to Healthy Food 160
Obesity 420
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.57
Smoking 230
Frequent Physical Distress 16
Poor Physical Health Days 4.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 100
Frequent Mental Distress 16

5
Byram, Mississippi
Byram
Fit Score: 81.83

Byram, MS

Population 11,655
Exercise Opportunities 700
Physical Inactivity 320
Access to Healthy Food 120
Obesity 390
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.75
Smoking 190