Ah, Denver. The capital metropolis of the least overweight state within the nation, identified for its considerable sunshine, multitudinous parks, proximity to the Rocky Mountains and being the … eighth finest huge metropolis in America for main an lively way of life?
That’s proper, eighth. As in a single house decrease than seventh, seven locations beneath No. 1.
That’s the place private finance web site WalletHub places the Mile Excessive Metropolis on its rankings of 2019’s Finest & Worst Cities for an Energetic Way of life. The report, which examined the 100 largest cities within the nation, got here out final week, and used 38 information factors throughout two predominant classes — “finances and participation” and “sports activities and outside” — to determine which cities reign supreme on the subject of giving residents the most effective alternative to dwell their finest, non-couch-based lives.
Among the many elements weighed embody proximity to a ski resort, strolling trails per capita, and a low share of bodily inactive residents. Great things, proper? Not sufficient to raise Denver over paragons of bodily well being like Chicago and Minneapolis.
WalletHub’s on-line report doesn’t present a full rating for every class, however it’s secure to imagine Denver’s rating took a success on classes like proximity to a serious lake/ocean and air high quality. Curse you, brown cloud.
Different classes that factored into Denver incomes its eighth spot: common bowling value (a whopping $6.12 per recreation, ranked 64th), little leagues per capita, pick-up soccer meetups per capita and public golf programs per capita.
Moreover Chicago and Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Portland, Ore., and Denver’s oft-compared municipal nemesis Seattle ranked larger than Denver within the report. Honolulu earned the highest spot.
Colorado as a state confirmed nicely. Colorado Springs clocked in at 33rd on WalletHub’s listing and Aurora 55th.
Among the many web site’s rating for cities with the bottom share of bodily inactive residents, Colorado Springs was No. 3, whereas Denver and Aurora tied for fourth. (Portland and Seattle got here in first and second on this class, respectively.)
Denver can’t knock itself an excessive amount of for its eighth spot, although. We by no means had an opportunity as soon as they threw the ocean and low-cost bowling into the combo.