Best Cities In The USA For Runners

This interactive tool allows you to easily rank and compare which US cities are the best for running in! The tool aims to reveal the best cities from New York to Nebraska and from Hawaii to Alaska.  

Key Findings for the Best and Worst US Cities for Running and Outdoor Exercise

The top three best overall cities in the US for running and outdoor exercise are Santa Fe, Madison, and St. Petersburg on a combination of factors including crime rates and air pollution per city, traffic back-ups, and the number of public parks and gardens. 

Hartford, Buffalo and Honolulu are the three ‘Greenest’ cities, based on the number of public parks per 100,000 people (177, 138 and, 131 respectively). 


Dallas, Concord and Salem are the top 3 'Cleanest’ cities for US runners, based on local and regional air cleanliness data. Carson City, Albany and Cleveland are the worst three cities for air pollution, making them the least desirable for outdoor running and exercise. 


Carson City, however, Toledo and Charlotte are the three safest cities for runners, based on government data on local crime rates, while Springfield, Concord and Albany are the most dangerous for outdoor running and exercise. Take a look at the winners and losers of each category below.  

No matter where your city ranks, running is one of the best exercises for the body and mind. Finding your running haven is always key to your personal type of success. Ease yourself into a route or routine that is comfortable to you. Then once you’ve broken through that initial comfort zone, try to break it more by pushing your self further.  




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