How many Arizonans exercise?

Posted on October 4, 2017 • Category: Well-Being


The 2016 Community Rankings for Exercise have been released as part of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. Results indicate the percentage of residents in 189 communities across the nation who exercises 30+ minutes, 3+ days in the last week. Community averages range from a high of 69.6% in Boulder, Colorado to a low of 41.8% in Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina.

How Do Arizona Communities Compare


Who is more likely to exercise?

  • Nationally, Hispanics report the highest rates of regular exercise followed by Asian, white and black population groups.
  • Males exercise more than females.
  • Exercise rates fall as people age.
  • Exercise increases with income.

How Are Communities Using These Results?

Gallup-Sharecare reports that ”innovative communities are beginning to take an environmental approach to exercise.” This result may help explain why the outdoor-oriented states of Colorado and California include 11 of the top 25 cities for exercise. They are creating safe public spaces for exercise, but also vibrant, livable, walkable and bikeable spaces. Champions include local hospitals and schools, local employers, regional and local health plans and community leaders.

Final Note

The citizen goals identified in the Gallup Arizona Poll made it clear that Arizonans value access to healthcare, while considering the aesthetics and natural environment of Arizona as our greatest asset.

  • Among the healthcare options that Arizonans want to consider is health insurance discounts for “people who adopt healthy lifestyles.”
  • Arizonans also support sustainability policies that “balance growth with preserving open space.”

Healthy behavior and a surrounding healthy environment are both elements of The Arizona We Want as described by the people who live here.


57.5% Prescott residents who exercised for at least 30 minutes, 3+ days in the last week. This result ranked the city 27th in the nation based on a Gallup study of 189 communities.
State of American Well Being: 2016 Community Rankings for Exercise.  

Gallup-Sharecare, September 2017

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Lattie F. Coor

My Perspective

When CFA set out to build a citizens' agenda for Arizona, we didn't know it would end up placing Arizona at the center of a national struggle to address the challenges confronting democracy today–the growing lack of confidence that citizens have in government and their growing lack of participation in the civic life of our communities and nation.

In many ways, Arizona is a microcosm of these challenges. This fact was made clear in the results of the Gallup Arizona Poll (2009), which identified the deep concerns that Arizonans have about the need for both effective leaders and engaged citizens. CFA is now in the process of building Arizona Progress Meters for each of the 8 citizen goals defined by the people who live here. The culmination of these goals is The Arizona We Want.

The Arizona We Want is a long-term vision and it can be achieved if we work together.

Learn More about how CFA is activating the citizens' agenda for Arizona.

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