If you’re one of so many among us resolving to be more active and get fit in the New Year—and you also live in Pittsburgh—then you’re in the right spot, according to WalletHub.
In its latest study, the personal finance website conducted research and crunched the numbers to determine “2017’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle.”
Locals should rejoice (and hit the trails), because Pittsburgh lands an impressive No. 7 spot on the list of 100 national cities.
Richie Bernardo, a personal finance writer at WalletHub, explains to identify the “best cities for an active lifestyle,” analysts compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across two key dimensions, namely “Budget & Participation” and “Sports Facilities & Outdoor Recreation.”
Comparing the 100 most populated cities based on 30 key indicators of an active lifestyle, analysts collected data on everything from “average monthly fitness-club fee” to “bike score” to “share of physically inactive residents,” and more.
WalletHub then evaluated these dimensions using 30 relevant metrics, and each metric was graded on a 100-point scale. An overall score for each city was calculated based on its weighted average across all metrics, and then the resulting scores were used to rank cities accordingly.
Data used to create the WalletHub ranking was collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Council for Community and Economic Research, Numbeo, Active, IMLeagues, Trust for Public Land, Meetup, Yelp, US Squash, MapMyFitness, Walk Score, Bikeshare.com, Golf.com and WalletHub’s own research.
WalletHub also “asked a panel of experts to share their advice on introducing positive changes both at home and at the policy level.” The report includes profiles of each participating expert, their bios and their responses to six key questions.
See WalletHub‘s entire list of “2017’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle,” read more about the methodology used, and hear more from the study’s panel of experts here.