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Vermont
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

Farms, artisan foods, and mountainous terrains make Vermont a rich space for active lifestyles. Vermont is located in the northeast and experiences the full range of seasons. Summer lovers will enjoy long days in Lake Champlain, exploring in boats or paddle boards. Winter lovers will find joy in the snow-covered Green Mountains and national parks for cross country skiing and snowboarding. Vermont’s health care also ranks among the top in the nation.

Interesting things to know about Vermont: 

  • Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the country.
  • Vermont has the highest number of dairy cows in the United States. 
  • The majority of Vermont’s population lives in rural settings over urban settings, making country life quite common.
21 %

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.

19 %

The percentage of adults who report lack of physical activity.

26 %

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
Bennington, Vermont
Bennington
Fit Score: 75.44

Bennington, VT

Population 15,002
Exercise Opportunities 1,000
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.6
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 12

2
Shelburne, Vermont
Shelburne
Fit Score: 73.94

Shelburne, VT

Population 7,775
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 140
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 11

3
Williston, Vermont
Williston
Fit Score: 73.23

Williston, VT

Population 9,870
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 140
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 11

4
Middlebury, Vermont
Middlebury
Fit Score: 73.18

Middlebury, VT

Population 8,744
Exercise Opportunities 720
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 10
Obesity 240
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Smoking 130
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 11

5
Essex, Vermont
Essex
Fit Score: 73.05

Essex, VT

Population 21,911
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 140
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 11

6
Milton, Vermont
Milton
Fit Score: 72.94

Milton, VT

Population 10,984
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 140
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 11

7
St. Albans, Vermont
St. Albans
Fit Score: 72.76

St. Albans, VT

Population 6,813
Exercise Opportunities 490
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 10
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.24
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 12

8
Colchester, Vermont
Colchester
Fit Score: 72.72

Colchester, VT

Population 17,499
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 140
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 11

9
South Burlington, Vermont
South Burli.
Fit Score: 72.66

South Burlington, VT

Population 19,486
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 140
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 11

10
Essex Junction, Vermont
Essex Junct.
Fit Score: 72.57

Essex Junction, VT

Population 10,929
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 140
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 11

11
Hartford, Vermont
Hartford
Fit Score: 72.5

Hartford, VT

Population 9,684
Exercise Opportunities 810
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.77
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 12

12
Lyndon, Vermont
Lyndon
Fit Score: 72.19

Lyndon, VT

Population 5,871
Exercise Opportunities 620
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.07
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 12

13
Morristown, Vermont
Morristown
Fit Score: 72.17

Morristown, VT

Population 5,438
Exercise Opportunities 680
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 10
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 12

14
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
St. Johnsbu.
Fit Score: 72.13

St. Johnsbury, VT

Population 7,204
Exercise Opportunities 620
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 20
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.07
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 12

15
Burlington, Vermont
Burlington
Fit Score: 71.95

Burlington, VT

Population 42,899
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 140
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 11

16
Winooski, Vermont
Winooski
Fit Score: 71.89

Winooski, VT

Population 7,337
Exercise Opportunities 880
Physical Inactivity 140
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 120
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 230
Frequent Mental Distress 11

17
Springfield, Vermont
Springfield
Fit Score: 71.74

Springfield, VT

Population 8,950
Exercise Opportunities 810
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.77
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 12

18
Northfield, Vermont
Northfield
Fit Score: 71.5

Northfield, VT

Population 6,015
Exercise Opportunities 760
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

19
Waterbury, Vermont
Waterbury
Fit Score: 71.43

Waterbury, VT

Population 5,151
Exercise Opportunities 760
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

20
Montpelier, Vermont
Montpelier
Fit Score: 71.24

Montpelier, VT

Population 7,436
Exercise Opportunities 760
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

21
Rutland, Vermont
Rutland
Fit Score: 70.9

Rutland, VT

Population 15,325
Exercise Opportunities 830
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.01
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 12

22
Barre, Vermont
Barre
Fit Score: 70.29

Barre, VT

Population 8,605
Exercise Opportunities 760
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

23
Brattleboro, Vermont
Brattleboro
Fit Score: 69.23

Brattleboro, VT

Population 11,471
Exercise Opportunities 690
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 240
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.87
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 12

24
Rockingham, Vermont
Rockingham
Fit Score: 69.16

Rockingham, VT

Population 5,034
Exercise Opportunities 690
Physical Inactivity 180
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 240
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.87
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 12

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.