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January 10, 2017

Philadelphia not exactly the fittest city, study finds

Fitness buff? Philadelphia might not be the best city for you, according to one recent study.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, published its "2017 Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle" last week, and the City of Brotherly Love got a pretty mediocre ranking.

The website compiled the list based on 30 different factors, including the number of sports clubs, hiking trails and Little League teams per capita, that fell into two separate categories, including "budget and participation" and "sports facilities and outdoor recreation."

Philly found itself at No. 52 out of 100 cities. Individually, Philly was ranked No. 31 under the "sports facilities and outdoor recreation" rank and a whopping No. 97 under the "budget and participation" category.

Pittsburgh came in at No. 7 on the overall list.

The WalletHub study also took bike shares into consideration to compile the rankings.

Philly launched its own bike share program in April 2015 with more than 500 bikes at about 60 stations. The program, which has since expanded to more than 1,000 bikes at 100 stations, reached its 1,000,000th ride in November shortly after beginning its "Philly to a Milli" campaign.

WalletHub used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Trust for Public Land and more to get its results.

Below are the top 10 fittest cities in the nation according to the website. The complete list can be found here.

1. Madison, Wisconsin

2. Boise, Idaho

3. Scottsdale, Arizona

4. Portland, Oregon

5. Orlando, Florida

6. Minneapolis, Minnesota

7. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

8. Atlanta, Georgia

9. Irvine, California

10. Sacramento, California