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5 Ways Income and Geography Predict Fitness, According to New Study

CityLab analyzed America's availability of fitness venues and concentration of fitness center employees across various metro areas and concluded that there is a strong relationship between health and geography. Learn more in this gallery.

Does an American's likelihood of meeting universal exercise guidelines largely depend upon their financial standing? Are those who live in affluent areas more apt to be healthy than those who do not?

The answers are yes, according to a recent study by CityLab. More specifically, a relationship exists between health and geography, the study's authors say.

CityLab analyzed America's availability of fitness venues and concentration of fitness center employees across 300-plus metro areas (as of 2015). 

"As usual, I point out that correlation does not equal causation, but simply points to an association between variables," CityLab co-founder Richard Florida said in the study. "Still, the results point to a clear divide in America’s fitness opportunity based on key attributes of where we live."

View this gallery for five key takeaways from the study. You can find the full study here.

Finance website WalletHub recently published its annual lists of America's healthiest and unhealthiest cities.

For more on the relationship between geography and health, download Club Industry's free December 2018 report, "America's Obesity Crisis and the Fitness Industry's Role in Resolving It."

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