You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Daily Dose

Boston ranked 9th fittest city in the nation

A runner is silhouetted as he runs against the Boston skyline in Cambridge.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

A runner is silhouetted as he runs against the Boston skyline in Cambridge.

When it comes to fittest cities, Boston fares pretty well — ranked number nine in a new survey from the American College of Sports Medicine — but it’s slipped a bit from previous rankings, which the college has been conducting annually since 2008. Boston was the sixth fittest last year and was the third fittest in 2011.

Sigh.

Continue reading below

Adding insult to injury, Washington, D.C., took the number one spot this year. D.C.? Home of humid summers and wimpy winters where an inch of snow shuts down the city? I also scratched my head a bit at Minneapolis, Portland, and Denver being in the second, third, and fourth positions. What about New York City, home to the most SoulCycle studios and thin folks who walk everywhere?

(NYC is way down at 24th, though these rankings are metropolitan areas, so New York includes Long Island and parts of northern New Jersey.)

The rankings take into account the percentage of people who exercise — more than 80 percent of those surveyed in Boston reported exercising in the past 30 days — but also factor in other health measures.

Where Boston excels meeting or exceeding the target goal: lower death rate from heart disease and diabetes than the target goal; higher percent of city land as park land; more use of public transportation, and high percentage of those walking or biking to work.

Where the city stands room to improve: its asthma rates are too high, a high percentage of people have heart disease and diabetes (even if death rates are lower), there are fewer golf course, recreation centers, swimming pools, and tennis courts per capita than goals set by the college for encouraging physical activity.

Deborah Kotz can be reached at dkotz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @debkotz2.
Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.