Release Date: Tuesday, January 5th 2016
Pittsburgh chosen as 5th best for active lifestyle
By Gary Rotstein / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh may be a fries-on-your-sandwich-or-salad capital, but it’s also achieving status as a center for healthy physical activity.
WalletHub, a Web-based personal finance company, ranked Pittsburgh fifth out of 100 large cities in an analysis of what it called “Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle.”
The website’s staff analyzed 24 metrics covering data such as the number of sporting goods stores, golf courses, fitness centers, playgrounds, basketball hoops and little leagues in each market on a per capita basis. It also factored in the average cost of various activities, such as fitness club memberships and bowling.
When scores were tallied, Pittsburgh beat out all but Scottsdale, Ariz.; Orlando, Fla.; Tampa, Fla.; and Cincinnati as the most-active.
WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said Pittsburgh was boosted to a large degree by its number of public swimming pools and baseball diamonds, which each placed at the top of per capita rankings. In addition, she said, “Its sixth-highest number of park playgrounds [per capita] will certainly attract young families.”
The study focused on the availability of such recreational facilities and space, including park acres rather than the extent to which people actually use them, although one of the 24 criteria was the percentage of residents who reported engaging in any physical activity.
The WalletHub rankings were based on the city proper rather than what’s available throughout the metropolitan area.