Data and Progress
Active People, Healthy NationSM is a national initiative led by CDC to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027. CDC will measure progress toward this goal in several ways.
It’s important to be able to safely and easily walk, bike, or take transit to everyday destinations such as homes, workplaces, schools, parks, health care, retail, and grocery stores. Designing communities to provide safe routes for active transport helps increase physical activity and can make communities better places to live. Active People, Healthy Nation monitors communities’ efforts to increase physical activity through community design. Here are select findings from our data collection efforts.
Percentage of US adults reporting access to activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations near their home (NHIS, 2020):
59% had shops, stores, or markets to which they could walk.
77% were able to walk to places to relax, clear their mind, or reduce stress.
Maps [PDF-19.6MB] by the National Complete Streets Coalition show the adoption of state, local, and regional Complete Streets Policies from 2000 to 2021. Complete Streets Policies have been implemented in over 1,500 jurisdictions.
33 cities, towns, and states have passed an Active People, Healthy Nation Proclamation reaching over 11 million people.
- 2022 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities
Grade for states on how supportive they are of walking, biking, and other forms of active transportation.
- Adult Physical Inactivity Prevalence Maps
State maps show the overall difference in the prevalence of physical inactivity and by race/ethnicity.
- American Fitness Index
Ranking of the 100 largest US cities using 34 indicators representing health behaviors, health outcomes, built environment, recreational facilities, effective physical activity policies, and appropriate project funding.
- Bicycling and Walking in the United States: Benchmarking Progress
Publicly available data on bicycling and walking compiled in one place.
- Dangerous by Design [PDF-9.0MB]
Ranking of the 100 most populous metro areas by their “Pedestrian Danger Index,” which accounts for differences in population and walking rates.
- Data, Trends, and Maps
Interactive database provides national and state-level data about the health status and behaviors of Americans as well as environmental or policy supports.
- Healthy People 2030
National leading health indicators and core objectives related to physical activity.
- Park Score
Park access score for the 100 most populated cities in the United States.
- PLACES: Local Data for Better Health
Model-based population-level analysis and community estimates for all counties, places (incorporated and census designated places), census tracts, and ZIP Code Tabulation Areas across the United States.
- School Health Profiles
Representative data on school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, and territories.