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The fittest cities in the U.S. (plus 10 facts about Philly's fitness)

The American College of Sports Medicine has released its annual American Fitness Index report, which ranks U.S. cities' fitness.

The fittest cities in the U.S. (plus 10 facts about Philly's fitness)

The "Lithe on Location" fitness class at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia led by instructor Tiffany Nork. (Colin Kerrigan / Philly.com)
The "Lithe on Location" fitness class at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia led by instructor Tiffany Nork. (Colin Kerrigan / Philly.com)

The American College of Sports Medicine has released its annual American Fitness Index report, which ranks U.S. cities' fitness. The report evaluates cities based on preventative health behaviors, chronic disease levels, health care access and community resources that support physical fitness.

Here's a look at where Philadelphia stands on this year's list, plus 10 facts about Philly's fitness from data in the report. (The city rankings include the entire metropolitan statistical areas.)

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Portland, Ore.
4. San Francisco
5. Denver
6. Boston
7. Sacramento, Calif.
8. Seattle
9. Hartford, Conn.
10. San Jose, Calif.
11. Austin
12. Salt Lake City
13. Cincinnati
14. San Diego
15. Raleigh, N.C.
16. Pittsburgh
17. Baltimore
18. Virginia Beach, Va.
19. Cleveland
20. Richmond, Va.
21. Atlanta
22. Providence, R.I.
23. Buffalo, N.Y.
24. New York City
25. Philadelphia
26. Milwaukee
27. Chicago
28. Kansas City, Mo.
29. Los Angeles
30. Columbus, Ohio
31. St. Louis
32. Nashville, Tenn.
33. Phoenix
34. Orlando, Fla.
35. Riverside, Calif.
36. Charlotte, N.C.
37. Jacksonville, Fla.
38. New Orleans
39. Las Vegas
40. Tampa, Fla.
41. Birmingham, Ala.
42. Miami
43. Houston
44. Dallas
45. Indianapolis
46. Memphis, Tenn.
47. Louisville, Ky.
48. San Antonio
49. Detroit
50. Oklahoma City

And now, here are 10 things we learned about Philly's health from the report:

1. The percent of people who are obese: 27.1.

2. The percent of people who are in excellent or very good health: 52.6.

3. Parkland makes up 12.9 percent of the city's land area.

4. There are 17.2 farmers' markets per 1 million people.

5. The percent of people who performed some type of physical activity in the last 30 days: 72.3.

6. There are 4.8 swimming pools per 100,000 people.

7. The percent of people who eat five or more servings of fruit/vegetables per day: 24.9.

8. There are 1.6 playgrounds per 10,000 people.

9. The percent of people who smoke: 20.4.

10. There are 118.2 primary health care providers per 100,000 people.

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