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.