North Carolina’s 50
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

Spanning various terrains, North Carolina is a state that presents more than just southern charm. The Appalachian Mountains in the west and Atlantic coastline in the east combine to create a territory meant for fitness enthusiasts. A scrawling countryside offers yet another landscape for activities such as biking, running, and hunting. More urban cities like Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham beckon in travelers seeking the modern gym facilities, farm-to-table eateries, and organic markets that make living healthy effortless.

Interesting things to know about North Carolina: 

  • Asheville, North Carolina, has the most craft breweries per capita in the nation. 
  • Putt-putt golf was created in Fayetteville in 1954. 
  • North Carolina is the leading sweet potato producer of the United States with about 60% of all sweet potatoes produced in the state.
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.

23 %

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
St. James, North Carolina
St. James
Fit Score: 83.47

St. James, NC

Population 5,837
Exercise Opportunities 760
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.26
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

2
Leland, North Carolina
Leland
Fit Score: 81.9

Leland, NC

Population 22,070
Exercise Opportunities 760
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.26
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

3
Brevard, North Carolina
Brevard
Fit Score: 81.86

Brevard, NC

Population 7,900
Exercise Opportunities 820
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.05
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.7
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

4
Oak Island, North Carolina
Oak Island
Fit Score: 81.69

Oak Island, NC

Population 8,072
Exercise Opportunities 760
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.26
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

5
Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina
Boiling Spr.
Fit Score: 81.45

Boiling Spring Lakes, NC

Population 6,137
Exercise Opportunities 760
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.26