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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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