Ann Arbor named fourth most fitness-friendly city for 2020

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In a recent study conducted by Smart Asset, a financial technology company, Ann Arbor was ranked the fourth most fitness-friendly city in the United States.

Using data from 317 metropolitan areas, SmartAsset used five concentrated metrics to find metro-area averages.

These metric areas were:

  • percentage of residents who walk or bike to work
  • concentration of fitness professionals 
  • concentration of fitness establishments 
  • concentration of fast-food restaurants 
  • average hourly wage of personal trainers

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Per the study’s findings, 10 percent of Ann Arborites walk or bike to work. The city hosts 57 fitness professionals per 10,000 workers and these professionals make, on average, just over $15 per hour.

Ann Arbor also hosts 105 fitness-related establishments per 10,000 businesses.

While Ann Arbor ranked in different areas for each metric, its spot as number 4 puts it well ahead of other Michigan cities -- Jackson, MI is next on the list at number 22.

Find the full study here.

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Sarah has worked for WDIV since June 2018. She covers community events, good eats and small businesses in Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Grand Valley State University.