States with the Highest Rates of Physical Inactivity

Being physically inactive is responsible for one in 10 deaths among U.S. adults. Sedentary adults pay $1,500 more per year in healthcare costs than adults who are physically active. Among American adults, 80 percent do not meet the government's physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscle strengthening and 60 percent are not sufficiently active to achieve health benefits. Reports of physical inactivity rates among adults are based on the number of survey respondents reporting they did not engage in any physical activity or exercise during the previous 30 days other than doing their regular jobs. Arkansas adults had the highest reported percentage of inactivity at 32.5 percent.

Top 10 Highest Rates of Physical Inactivity (2016)

RankStatePhysical Inactivity Rate
1CArkansas32.5% ±2.3
2YMississippi30.3% ±1.7
3IFlorida29.8% ±1.0
3QKentucky29.8% ±1.4
3eNew Jersey29.8% ±1.6
6JGeorgia29.4% ±1.6
6BAlabama29.4% ±1.4
8RLouisiana29.1% ±2.0
9jOklahoma28.5% ±1.4
9wWest Virginia28.5% ±1.2

Top 10 Lowest Rates of Physical Inactivity (2016)

RankStatePhysical Inactivity Rate
51rUtah15.7% ±0.9
50FColorado15.8% ±0.8
49yDistrict of Columbia16.2% ±1.5
48kOregon17.2% ±1.2
47uWashington17.6% ±
46WMinnesota18.0% ±0.7
45oSouth Dakota18.9% ±1.7
44AAlaska19.1% ±2.7
43dNew Hampshire19.3% ±1.3
42tVermont19.5% ±1.3