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North Dakota’s
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

North Dakota’s long history of preserving natural resources makes this a top destination for healthy, outdoor lifestyles. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a 70k acre landscape, is the perfect place for recreations such as hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and more. North Dakota’s economy relies heavily on farming and agriculture, which creates an environment for healthy food preferences. A flourishing sports culture from hockey teams to the NCAA builds a prevalent fitness focus across the state.

Interesting things to know about North Dakota: 

  • 90% of North Dakota’s land is devoted to farming.
  • North Dakota provides the majority of America’s flaxseed productions, a powerful health food perfect in smoothies. 
  • North Dakota’s laws require that pharmacies be owned by local pharmacists as opposed to national chains. 
26 %

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.

22 %

The percentage of adults who report lack of physical activity.

32 %

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
Valley City, North Dakota
Valley City
Fit Score: 71.27

Valley City, ND

Population 6,380
Exercise Opportunities 680
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 360
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 2.8
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 9

2
Devils Lake, North Dakota
Devils Lake
Fit Score: 69.76

Devils Lake, ND

Population 7,278
Exercise Opportunities 730
Physical Inactivity 260
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.96
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 9

3
Bismarck, North Dakota
Bismarck
Fit Score: 69.42

Bismarck, ND

Population 73,112
Exercise Opportunities 830
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.96
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 2.6
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 240
Frequent Mental Distress 9

4
Jamestown, North Dakota
Jamestown
Fit Score: 68.57

Jamestown, ND

Population 15,226
Exercise Opportunities 810
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.93
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 2.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 9

5
West Fargo, North Dakota
West Fargo
Fit Score: 68.06

West Fargo, ND

Population 36,566
Exercise Opportunities 890
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.38
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 2.6
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 250
Frequent Mental Distress 9

6
Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo
Fit Score: 67.08

Fargo, ND

Population 124,844
Exercise Opportunities 890
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.38
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 2.6
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 250
Frequent Mental Distress 9

7
Mandan, North Dakota
Mandan
Fit Score: 66.15

Mandan, ND

Population 22,519
Exercise Opportunities 740
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 2.7
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 250
Frequent Mental Distress 9

8
Dickinson, North Dakota
Dickinson
Fit Score: 65.65

Dickinson, ND

Population 22,739
Exercise Opportunities 760
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.82
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 2.5
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 260
Frequent Mental Distress 8

9
Wahpeton, North Dakota
Wahpeton
Fit Score: 65.59

Wahpeton, ND

Population 7,753
Exercise Opportunities 590
Physical Inactivity 250
Access to Healthy Food 80
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.24
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 2.7
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 240
Frequent Mental Distress 9

10
Williston, North Dakota
Williston
Fit Score: 63.89

Williston, ND

Population 27,096
Exercise Opportunities 790
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 350
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Smoking 200
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 2.7
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 270
Frequent Mental Distress 9

11
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Grand Forks
Fit Score: 63.85

Grand Forks, ND

Population 56,948
Exercise Opportunities 830
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 90
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 260
Frequent Mental Distress 10

12
Minot, North Dakota
Minot
Fit Score: 63.07

Minot, ND

Population 47,370
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 120
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 2.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 260
Frequent Mental Distress 8

13
Minot AFB, North Dakota
Minot AFB
Fit Score: 62.46

Minot AFB, ND

Population 5,789
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 120
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 2.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 260
Frequent Mental Distress 8

14
Watford City, North Dakota
Watford Cit.
Fit Score: 61.57

Watford City, ND

Population 7,080
Exercise Opportunities 660
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 120
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.86
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 2.9
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 270
Frequent Mental Distress 10

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.