How Counties Rank in Obesity and Physical Fitness Rates (Infographic)

Infographic: How U.S. counties rank in. obesity and physical fitness
A 2011 study ranked U.S. counties according to fitness of its citizens. (Image credit: by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

A 2011 study conducted by the University of Washington counted the percentage of obese and physically active people in each U.S. county. Obesity has increased steadily over the past 20 years, but physical activity is also on the rise.

Which counties were the most and least active for men in 2011?

Most active:

Teton, WY 77.5% 

Summit, UT 73.2% 

Routt, CO 72.9% 

Summit, CO 72.7% 

Jefferson, WA 72.2% 



Least active:

Owsley, KY 33.1% 

Holmes, OH 33.7% 

Wolfe, KY 34.2% 

Issaquena, MS 34.6% 

McDowell, WV 34.7% 



Which counties were the most active and least active for women in 2011?

Most active:

Routt, CO 74.7% 

Marin, CA 74.2% 

Teton, WY 72.7% 

Pitkin, CO 72.4% 

San Juan, WA 71.6% 



Least active:

Issaquena, MS 28.4% 

Noxubee, MS 29% 

Quitman, MS 29.1% 

Tallahatchie, MS 30.7% 

Haywood, TN 30.7% 



Which counties had the lowest and highest percentages of obesity in men in 2011?


San Francisco, CA 18.3% 

New York, NY 19.1% 

Falls Church City, VA 19.5% 

Santa Fe, NM 21% 

Pitkin, CO 21.3% 




Owsley, KY 46.9% 

Issaquena, MS 46.7% 

East Carroll, LA 46.6% 

Holmes, OH 46.4% 

Starr, TX 46.2% 



Which counties had the lowest and highest percentages of obesity in women in 2011?


Falls Church City, VA 17.6% 

Pitkin, CO 18.5% 

Douglas, CO 18.6% 

Routt, CO 19% 

Teton, WY 19.6% 




Issaquena, MS 59.3% 

Humphreys, MS 59.1% 

East Carroll, LA 58.9% 

Quitman, MS 58.1% 

Greene, AL 58% 

Karl Tate
LiveScience Infographic Artist
Karl has been Purch's infographics specialist across all editorial properties since 2010.  Before joining Purch, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University.