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The 10 most active states in the US — and the 10 least active

People crossing the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.People crossing the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.

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  • Experts recommend adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise weekly.
  • 25.3% of US adults were classified as inactive by the CDC.
  • Mississippi had the highest prevalence of inactivity.

With benefits like increased longevity, improved sleep, and a strengthened immune system, physical activity is a key component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans” recommends adults do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity a week, at minimum.

However, a 2022 report by the CDC found that over a quarter of US adults are inactive outside their jobs.

To determine adults’ physical inactivity levels, the CDC used data collected by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System from 2017 to 2020. Surveyed individuals were asked, “During the past month, other than your regular job, did you participate in any physical activities or exercises such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking for exercise?” Those who responded no were classified as inactive.

Adults from 52 jurisdictions were included in the survey, including 49 states, as well as Washington, DC, Guam, and Puerto Rico. (New Jersey was the only state excluded because data was not collected in 2019).

With the survey responses, the CDC charted how physical inactivity levels varied by state as well as by race and ethnicity, noting that there are a variety of barriers present that may be preventing more adults from getting an adequate amount of physical activity.

Such barriers include a lack of access to safe spaces like parks, minimal time, and an absence of social support.

Here are the 10 least active and 10 most active states in the US based on the prevalence of physical inactivity as determined by the CDC.

Least active states — 10. MissouriFamily walking to the overlook of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.Family walking to the overlook of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity among adults: 27.8%

9. IndianaIndianapolis.Indianapolis.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 28.5%

8. TennesseePeople walking in downtown Nashville.People walking in downtown Nashville.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 28.9%

7. West VirginiaPeople taking pictures in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.People taking pictures in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 30.1%

6. OklahomaPeople attend the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City in 2021.People attend the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City in 2021.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 30.5%

5. AlabamaPeople at Big Spring International Park in Huntsville, Alabama.People at Big Spring International Park in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 30.7%

4. LouisianaThe French Quarter, downtown New Orleans.The French Quarter, downtown New Orleans.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 30.8%

3. Arkansas2019 Main Street Food Truck Festival in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.2019 Main Street Food Truck Festival in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 31.1%

2. KentuckyFourth Street Live in Louisville, Kentucky.Fourth Street Live in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 32.5%

1. MississippiMississippi Capitol Building in Jackson, Mississippi.Mississippi Capitol Building in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 33.2%

Most active states — 9 (Tie). New HampshireRunners at the 2019 Manchester Marathon in Manchester, New Hampshire.Runners at the 2019 Manchester Marathon in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 21.5%

9. (Tie) MontanaTwo people hiking in Glacier National Park in Montana.Two people hiking in Glacier National Park in Montana.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 21.5%

8. CaliforniaVolleyball courts in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles.Volleyball courts in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 21.2%

7. MinnesotaPeople biking and walking across the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.People biking and walking across the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 21%

6. AlaskaSkiers in the Talkeetna Mountains in Alaska.Skiers in the Talkeetna Mountains in Alaska.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 20.8%

5. OregonKayaker on the Rogue River in Oregon.Kayaker on the Rogue River in Oregon.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 20.7%

4. VermontPeople skiing and snowboarding at Ski Resort Mountain in Vermont.People skiing and snowboarding at Ski Resort Mountain in Vermont.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 19.6%

3. WashingtonHikers in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state.Hikers in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 18.4%

2. UtahHikers in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.Hikers in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 18.2%

1. ColoradoPeople hiking the Emerald Lake Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.People hiking the Emerald Lake Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

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Prevalence of physical inactivity: 17.7%

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