San Francisco ranks No. 1 US metropolis for runners: examine

SAN FRANCISCO (CRON) – Whether you’re training for a marathon or just racking up your miles, San Francisco is the perfect place to put on your running shoes and get moving. According to a study by technology company ARRIS, San Francisco was the best US city for runners in 2023.

The study ranked San Francisco’s “good air quality, accessibility to parks, and low pedestrian death rate” as number one.

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The city received an overall score of 83 (out of 100), ahead of second-place Boston (75). The study considered four main factors: the pedestrian death rate per 100 km, the average air quality index, the percentage of residents living within 10 minutes’ walk of a park, and the annual average rainfall in inches.

Three California cities cracked the top 10, including another Bay Area city. ARRIS compiled its rankings after surveying over 1,000 runners across the country.

Top 10 best running cities in the US

  1. san francisco
  2. Boston
  3. Mesa, AZ
  4. San Diego
  5. Denver
  6. Seattle
  7. Albuquerque
  8. Washington, D.C
  9. San Jose, CA
  10. Columbus, OH

San Francisco and Boston were the only cities in the study where 100% of residents lived within a 10-minute walk of a park. SF had a rate of 1.38 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people and an average annual rainfall of 16.67 inches (for comparison: Boston had 44.52 and Seattle had 41.25).

Memphis has been named the worst city in America for runners, citing a high pedestrian death rate and a low percentage of residents living near a park. Lousiville, KY., Jacksonville, FL., Indianapolis, IN., Houston, TX. and Detroit, MI. (shared with Charlotte, NC) round out the top 5 worst performing cities.

Other insights

According to the study, a majority of Americans (32%) enjoy running in parks, 27% in neighborhoods, 17% on treadmills, and 12% on trails. However, 48% say they are concerned about safety when running outdoors. The study also found that 1 in 3 Americans run outside even when it’s raining and 1 in 5 when it’s snowing.

In an average week, 38% of runners in America run 0 to 3 miles, 29% run 4 to 6 miles, 7% run 7 to 9 miles, and 26% run more than 10 miles. Almost 3 in 4 (71%) of runners track the length and time of their workouts. While some people find strength in numbers, 82% of Americans prefer to run alone.


Running habits for 2023

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ARRIS surveyed 1,002 Americans across the country in January – the median age was 40. 49% were identified as male, 48% as female and 3% as non-binary or transgender.

Only US cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants were included in the study. Kansas City, MO was not included due to a “lack of data”.

data from the United States. The Census Bureau, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Trust for Public Land and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were used, ARRIS said.

ARRIS’ full study can be viewed HERE.

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