The Laziest City in North Dakota is….?
24/7 Wall St. recently published the laziest city or town in every state. And you're wondering how in the world did they come up with that list? Hang on, we've got the details.
In some ways, after doing the research, the list in my opinion is very accurate. I can say that because I have lived in many states as my career had me moving from state to state. I lived in Arkansas, Arizona, Iowa and Texas to name a few. This list is spot on! And in many regards, the laziest city in every state is a good representation of the state as a whole. For example, my home state of Louisiana, the Houma - Thibodaux area is the laziest city in the state, but the entire state has that kind of 'laid back, let's party and eat' attitude.
The methodology 27/7 Wall St. used was
To identify the laziest city in every state, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed the level of physical activity in each metro area in all 50 states. We reviewed the percentage of adults in every metro area who report engaging in no physical activity during their leisure time, with data from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Obesity rate and days feeling physically unhealthy over a 30-day period also came from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. Educational attainment, median household income, and population data came from the American Community Survey.
And the award of the laziest city in NoDak is Grand Forks-
Although Grand Forks is the least active city in North Dakota, it is still more active than the state overall. About 75% of North Dakotan adults exercise regularly, less than the 77.5% of Bismarck adults who do the same. So while Bismarck adults are less active than the other two metro areas in the state, they are still more active than North Dakota’s non-metro, rural population. Nonetheless, city residents have similar health outcomes as the state as a whole, which are some of the best in the country. On average, adults in North Dakota feel physically unwell for 2.7 days out a month -- fewer than in all but two other states. Likewise, Bismarck adults feel physically unwell for just 2.6 days out of the month on average.
According to this article, Bismarck and the entire state are lazy. I'm not fully positive I would agree with these findings. What do you think?