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San Diego is 18th among 100 cities in citizens having an active lifestyle, according to WalletHub, which puts together statistics on American metropolitan areas and states. San Diego is tied for third in percentage of people who engage in physical activity. (Seattle and Portland are tied for first, and Sacramento and Anaheim are tied with San Diego for third.)

WalletHub breaks the study into two major categories: cost of active lifestyle and number of facilities available. Among the budget measurements are costs of fitness clubs, golf, bowling, squash, and tennis; number of sporting goods stores and sports clubs per capita, and number of Little League and soccer facilities per capita. On the facilities side, the study looks at number of swimming pools, basketball hoops, tennis courts, public golf courses, baseball fields, skating rinks, skateboard parks, bicycle lanes, fitness centers, and parkland acres per capita. San Diego is 17th on the budget side and 31st on number of facilities.

The three best cities for an active lifestyle are Omaha, Portland, and Pittsburgh. The three worst are Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Laredo, Texas. Chula Vista is among the five worst in tennis courts per capita.

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Ponzi Dec. 11, 2014 @ 4:45 p.m.

Sure Seattle might spend a lot of money on sports gear, as well they may have a lot of facilities. But it begs the question... how many days do most people actually use the facilities? It rains and it's gloomy. It's not much fun to golf, play tennis, volleyball, cycle, jog, or anything else outdoors unless you're a die-hard Northwest native or transplant from somewhere even worse. I lived in Seattle for several years and there were a significantly high percentage of overweight people and a good number of them smoke. So, I have to roll my eyes when these "surveys" come out.

People in San Diego do not need to spend much money on "gear." The weather with the ocean and trails offer plenty of opportunities for free or close to free sports. You can enjoy outdoor sports almost everyday of the year.

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Don Bauder Dec. 11, 2014 @ 6:35 p.m.

Ponzi: Yes, and the survey takes weather into account. It doesn't reveal how San Diego ranked in weather, but I have to believe it was at or near the top.

I know what you mean about gray Seattle. We lived in Cleveland for seven years. Sometimes we would go for a month without seeing the sun. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Dec. 12, 2014 @ 7:35 a.m.

Having lived in Seattle for a few years myself, I second your comments about that city, its climate, and lifestyle.

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Don Bauder Dec. 12, 2014 @ 7:48 a.m.

Visduh: Once during our time in Cleveland I checked the records on yearly precipitation (both rain and snow) in U.S. cities. Seattle and Cleveland were roughly tied at something like 26 inches. Buffalo was first with more than 100 because of the snow. (Don't hold me to those numbers. I looked this up probably 45 years ago.) And Buffalo gets the grayness, too. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Dec. 11, 2014 @ 9:44 p.m.

Pittsburgh? Really? That city keeps popping up on these quality-of-life rankings and scores high. In fact, wasn't there one such survey many years ago that placed it as the finest city in the US for lifestyle? This history of that city, the terrain, the climate, and a host of other detriments just don't seem to match these rankings. Of course, I've never been there, except to make a plane change once while flying US Air, so my opinion is just that, pure poorly informed opinion.

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Don Bauder Dec. 11, 2014 @ 10 p.m.

Visduh: I have been surprised, too, when Pittsburgh shows up with high ratings in various surveys, particularly ones on quality of life. I'm also surprised that Omaha is in first place in this survey for being the best place for having an active lifestyle. The methodology of any statistical study determines a lot. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Dec. 12, 2014 @ 10:02 p.m.

Lies, damn lies, statistics, and analyses.

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Don Bauder Dec. 13, 2014 @ 8 a.m.

Twister: Mark Twain was so full of wisdom. Best, Don Bauder

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