BEND, OR -- Bend is one of the fittest cities in the country, according to a new study. It's the second year financial tech company Smart Asset has conducted the study that evaluated things like the concentration of fitness professionals and fast food restaurants.
Nick Wallace is the company's Data Editor. He tells KBND News, "Bend has a really high concentration of fitness professionals. We found that there are 41 people employed in those types of jobs, for every 10,000 people in the workforce, which is actually really good for these cities. And, it also has a really high concentration of fitness businesses - that's rec centers, fitness centers, that kind of thing; there are quite a few of those in Bend." Bend has the 13th highest concentration of fitness professionals in the country. As for restaurants, Wallace says, "Bend has a very low fast food ratio. Only 36% of restaurants in Bend are fast food restaurants, which is actually really good across the country. In most places, it's at least 40% or usually closer to 50%."
Bend moved up two spots this year, going from sixth to fourth place. The most fit city was Missoula, MT, followed by Boulder, CO and Corvallis, OR. Wallace says there were commonalities among the top spots. "One really interesting trend we saw, there are a lot of mountain towns, or towns located close to the mountains like Bend is. It looks like at least half of the top 10 are close to a mountain range. We speculate those types of environments draw people who are interested in fitness and who lead an active lifestyle." Other cities in the top ten include Madison, WI, State College, PA and Boston, MA.