America’s fattest cities

Analysts for the site examined population data from the top 100 U.S. metropolitan areas, comparing them across a total of 17 different metrics, ultimately rating each in three major categories: obese and overweight population, health problems based on weight, and healthy environments. Some of the metrics used to evaluate the cities include data such as the share of overweight people in the population, the portion of people with high cholesterol, the proximity to parks and recreational activities, access to healthy food, and more. Because of a lack of data, some of the metro areas were measured using overall state information. Information sources included the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Agriculture, the Trust for America’s Health, and other WalletHub proprietary research.

One of the glaring results of the study points to the South — 19 of the top 20 overweight metro areas are below the Mason-Dixon Line. “Several southern metro areas have some of the highest obesity and overweight rates in the country, which snowball into some alarming health issues like heart disease, diabetes and shorter life expectancy overall.”


Source: WalletHub
  1. Jackson, MS
  2. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
  3. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
  4. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
  5. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
  6. Chattanooga, TN-GA
  7. Mobile, AL
  8. Lafayette, LA
  9. Winston-Salem, NC
  10. Knoxville, TN
  11. Columbia, SC
  12. Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC
  13. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
  14. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
  15. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
  16. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC
  17. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
  18. Oklahoma City, OK
  19. Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
  20. Baton Rouge, LA
  21. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
  22. El Paso, TX
  23. Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
  24. Tulsa, OK
  25. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
  26. Toledo, OH
  27. Huntsville, AL
  28. Greensboro-High Point, NC
  29. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI
  30. Columbus, OH
  31. Canton-Massillon, OH
  32. Wichita, KS
  33. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
  34. Lexington-Fayette, KY
  35. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
  36. Fort Wayne, IN
  37. Charleston-North Charleston, SC
  38. New Orleans-Metairie, LA
  39. Jacksonville, FL
  40. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
  41. Richmond, VA
  42. Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ
  43. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA
  44. Asheville, NC
  45. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
  46. Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
  47. Dayton, OH
  48. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
  49. Worcester, MA-CT
  50. Raleigh, NC
  51. Kansas City, MO-KS
  52. Albuquerque, NM
  53. Akron, OH
  54. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
  55. Providence-Warwick, RI-MA
  56. Springfield, MA
  57. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
  58. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
  59. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
  60. Portland-South Portland, ME
  61. Anchorage, AK
  62. Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA
  63. Manchester-Nashua, NH
  64. Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
  65. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
  66. New Haven-Milford, CT
  67. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
  68. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
  69. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
  70. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
  71. Austin-Round Rock, TX
  72. St. Louis, MO-IL
  73. Ogden-Clearfield, UT
  74. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN
  75. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
  76. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
  77. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
  78. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV
  79. Tucson, AZ
  80. Cleveland-Elyria, OH
  81. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA
  82. Pittsburgh, PA
  83. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
  84. Salt Lake City, UT
  85. Provo-Orem, UT
  86. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  87. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
  88. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
  89. Reno, NV
  90. Boise, ID
  91. Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA
  92. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  93. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  94. Honolulu, HI
  95. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
  96. Colorado Springs, CO
  97. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
  98. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  99. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
  100. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA


My city is #92.  Not sure if thats a good thing. We should not be on the list.



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