SmartAsset just ranked Bellingham the #2 most fitness friendly city in the nation. It shouldn’t come as a suprise to residents of Bellingham. Bellingham offers a small town feel with all the delightful amenities of a larger city. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy Bellingham’s stunning natural beauty from the waters of Bellingham Bay to the snow covered slopes of Mt. Baker there is truly something for everyone.
SmartAsset used the following methodology to rank cities.
“People. Are there people in this city who will help you meet your physical fitness goals? Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics , we calculated the ratio of fitness professionals to the total workforce. The jobs we considered included fitness trainers, recreational therapists, dietitians, dancers and sports coaches.
Places. Are there businesses in this city that can help you meet your fitness goals? Using data from the US Census Bureau, we calculated the ratio of fitness-friendly employers to the total number of employers in the city. This included fitness and recreational centers, sporting goods stores and sports and recreation instruction.
Fast Food. How available are unhealthy eating options? Using US Census Bureau data, we calculated the ratio of “limited-service restaurants” to total employers in the metro area. A limited service restaurant does not offer table service; instead one orders from a counter or drive-through window.”
Source: Nick Wallace, Smart Asset, Jan. 6th, 2015 If you want to see where other cities rank in terms of being fitness friendly visit SmartAsset to see the full list!
Also named one of the top 100 adventure towns in the nation by National Geographic Magazine, Bellingham is sure not to disappoint in fitness or recreation. You are sure to find what ever your heart desires to keep you busy here.
During the warm summer months residents and visitors of the area can enjoy a swim or watersports in one of the many Whatcom County lakes, the largest of which is Bellingham’s Lake Whatcom. If saltwater is more your style you can beach comb and soak your toes in the warms waters of shallow Birch Bay. The area is also home to several world class golf courses from the Bellingham Golf and County Club Course to Loomis Trail and Sudden Valley Golf Courses.
Not only are the Summer months abound with activities, so are the Fall and Winter months. One of Whatcom County’s claim to fame is the world famous Mt. Baker with it’s fresh powder and one of the world’s only natural half pipes for skiing and snowboarding. The Mt. Baker National Forest is also lush with snowshoeing trails, snowmobiling opportunities and incredible view points of Mount Baker and the twin sister mountains.
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