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Boise Ranks High in Yet Another Livability Survey

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Another livability survey has come out showing which cities are the most physically active in America. Once again, Boise has made the list and ranks really well, proving that our access to the outdoors and having a community centered around physical activity brings plenty of positive results.

A new survey by StorageCafe tallies up the most physically active cities in America on the aggregation of the following criteria: Walkability, Bikability, Resident Health, Outdoor Livability, and Access to and cost of Gyms. 

Overall, Boise ranked as the 8th most physically active city in the nation out of 100 of the largest cities in the nation. Irvine, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Chandler, AZ took the podium spots. Here is how Boise fared in all of these categories and what criteria fed into these rankings. 

Boise's Overall Rank: 8th

Walkability: 9th

  • Pedestrian intersections per square mile: 93
  • Residents walking to work: 4.8%
  • Pedestrian fatalities per 100k people: 1.23 (10th safest)

Bikeability: 2nd

  • Pedestrian intersections per square mile: 93
  • Residents biking to work: 3.1% (7th highest)
  • Cyclist fatalities per 100k people: 0.09 (12th safest)

Health: 17th

  • Percent of the population that is physically inactive: 20.7% (14th most active city)
  • Percent of population that is obese: 27.9%
  • Percent of population with high blood pressure: 27.7%
  • Percent of population with Asthma: 9.3%
  • Percent of population with Diabetes: 7.5% (6th lowest)

Outdoor livability: 45th

  • Parks (measured in square footage per capita): 289*
  • Air Quality Index: 31 (Tied for 9th best air quality)
  • Days with precipitation per year: 90
  • Beach length within a 10-mile radius: 0**

Gym access and cost: 47th

  • Gyms per 10,000 people: 1.63
  • Gym Membership fee: $38.07***

*Anchorage, AK wins with 72,183 square feet per capita. Alaska is the 47th most populous state and has the largest landmass.
**Not having an ocean beach helped sink a lot of cities with high otherwise high outdoor livability scores. 77 of the 100 cities on the list did not have beachfront. Detroit had the lowest non-zero beach frontage with 0.19 miles.
***Fitness club monthly membership fee for 1 adult

So what are the main takeaways from this survey?

Being the 8th most physically active city in the 100 largest cities in America is nothing to shake a stick at. As you can see from the walkability and bikeability rankings, Boise is incredibly safe for pedestrians and cyclists. We have plenty of well-lit roads and sidewalks, plenty of bike lanes, and an overall low crime rate. In fact, US News and World Report ranked Boise with some of the lowest crime rates in the nation. Based on information from the FBI, Boise’s crime rate has been dropping as the population has increased.

While our rankings for gym access and membership dues are less-than-stellar, you just need to look outside to see that Boiseans don't need gyms to be active. We sit at the base of the mountains with tons of opportunities to hike and climb. The Boise Greenbelt stretches for 25 miles from Lucky Peak (where you can swim and boat) to Eagle Island State Park along the Boise River (fishing, swimming, and floating). Plus, there are nearly 2 dozen parks in Meridian alone! Across the valley, there are 20 golf courses. There are so many ways to be active in Boise without a gym. In addition, our air quality is consistently very healthy, as noted above.

Overall, Boise is a healthy and active city, and everybody claims outdoor access as one of the best things about it. In addition, Boise is no stranger to ranking really well in national polls and surveys, so we can add this top-10 ranking to our growing list of achievements.

Posted by AndrewS at 8/20/2021 5:17:00 AM

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