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WalletHub.com has released a ranking of the United States’ most populated cities based on how well they “accommodate or encourage” the active lifestyle. Based on their research, Pittsburgh takes the number one spot in one of their two major categories: Sports Facilities and Outdoor Environment.

In order to determine which cities stood out as “active” cities, WalletHub looked at how accessible physical fitness was to residents of the U.S.’s 100 largest cities, focusing on the availability of recreation centers and the proliferation and affordability of gyms and public facilities. They analyzed 25 key metrics, from the average monthly fitness club fee to the number of sports clubs per capita.

Pittsburgh ranked well in several sub-categories as well, including 3rd for highest number of swimming pools per capita, and 5th for the cheapest golf game.

Within the second category, Budget and Participation, Pittsburgh fell to the 26th slot, below such cities as Portland, Reno and Orlando, FL.

See the rankings here.

Rebekah Zook

Rebekah Zook is a Duquesne grad and all-around story-telling enthusiast. A former fellow at WESA, she worked as a production assistant for their daily talk show. Most recently, she taught in the Propel Charter School system as a visiting artist. When she isn’t writing, Rebekah is a trip leader for the local non-profit organization Venture Outdoors. You can usually find her in a bright yellow kayak.