States with the Highest Rates of Physical Inactivity

Being physically inactive is responsible for one in 10 deaths among U.S. adults. Eighty percent of American adults do not meet the government's physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscle strengthening. Sixty percent of adults are not sufficiently active to achieve health benefits. There are also health risks to being sedentary (physically inactive), including increased risk of mortality and metabolic syndrome. Sedentary adults pay $1,500 more per year in healthcare costs than physically active adults. Studies have also found the more sedentary the mother, the more sedentary the child, and the more physically active the mother, the more physically active the child early in life. Reports of physical inactivity rates among adults are based on the number of survey respondents who said that they did not engage in any physical activity or exercise during the previous 30 days other than doing their regular jobs. Mississippi had the highest reported percentage of inactivity among adults at 31.6 percent.

Top 10 Highest Rates of Physical Inactivity (2015)

RankStatePhysical Inactivity Rate
1YMississippi36.8% ±1.8
2CArkansas34.2% ±2.3
3jOklahoma33.2% ±1.7
4QKentucky32.5% ±1.7
5BAlabama31.9% ±1.5
5RLouisiana31.9% ±1.8
7wWest Virginia30.8% ±1.4
8pTennessee30.4% ±1.9
9qTexas29.5% ±1.5
10OIndiana29.4% ±1.8
10HDelaware29.4% ±2.1

Top 10 Lowest Rates of Physical Inactivity (2015)

RankStatePhysical Inactivity Rate
51FColorado17.9% ±1.1
50kOregon18.8% ±1.5
49uWashington19.0% ±0.9
48yDistrict of Columbia19.4% ±2.5
47ECalifornia20.0% ±1.0
46rUtah20.3% ±1.0
45MIdaho21.2% ±1.6
44oSouth Dakota21.5% ±1.7
43vWisconsin21.6% ±1.5
42WMinnesota21.8% ±0.8