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Healthy, wealthy and wise: America's fittest city is...

Jan. 22, 2014 at 11:40 AM ET

Where in America should you go if you want to be "healthy, wealthy and wise"? TODAY's special series looks at top places in the US in each category — and you may be surprised at the winners. 

Steve Tannen wears heavy clothing to protect himself against freezing wind chills as he practices for an upcoming bike race in northern Minnesota near...
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Steve Tannen wears heavy clothing to protect himself against freezing wind chills in northern Minnesota near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, January 23, 2013.

Which city is considered the healthiest, fittest in America? It's not a sunny, bikini-weather spot like Miami Beach or Malibu. It's a city famous for its frequent sub-zero temperatures, where residents need snow coats and ear muffs for months of the year: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minn., according to the American College of Sports Medicine's most recent American Fitness Index

Minneapolis, St. Paul has more parks per square mile than any major city in the U.S. and is second only to Portland, Ore. for the number of bicyclists per capita. The Twin Cities also get high marks for access to fresh food. 

"There are twice as many farmer's markets in that area than in the top 10 percent of [U.S.] cities," says ACSM's Walter Thompson, Ph.D.

Did your city make the ACSM healthy cut? Check out the top 20: 

  1. Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minn.
  2. Washington, D.C. area 
  3. Portland, Ore.
  4. San Francisco
  5. Denver
  6. Boston
  7. Sacramento, Calif.
  8. Seattle
  9. Hartford, Conn. 
  10. San Jose, Calif. area
  11. Austin, Texas
  12. Salt Lake City
  13. Cincinnati
  14. San Diego
  15. Raleigh, N.C.
  16. Pittsburgh
  17. Baltimore, Md. 
  18. Virginia Beach, Va. 
  19. Cleveland
  20. Richmond, Va. 

An earlier version of the list included cities from the 2012 ACSM rankings



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