Adult Physical Inactivity Prevalence Maps by Race/Ethnicity

(January 2020)—According to new state maps of adult physical inactivity, all states and territories had more than 15 percent of adults who were physically inactive and this estimate ranged from 17.3 to 47.7 percent. Inactivity levels vary among adults by race/ethnicity and location.

Physical inactivity is defined as self-report of engaging in no leisure-time physical activity during the past month. The data come from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing state-based, telephone interview survey conducted by CDC and state health departments.

The maps use combined data from 2015 through 2018 and show noticeable differences in the prevalence of physical inactivity by race/ethnicity. Hispanics (31.7%) had the highest prevalence of physical inactivity, followed by non-Hispanic blacks (30.3%) and non-Hispanic whites (23.4%). In the majority of states, non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics had a significantly higher prevalence of inactivity than non-Hispanic whites.

Across States and Territories

  • All states and territories had more than 15% of adults who were physically inactive.
  • In 4 states (Colorado, Washington, Utah, and Oregon) and the District of Columbia, 15% to less than 20% of adults were physically inactive.
  • In 24 states, 20% to less than 25% of adults were physically inactive.
  • In 15 states, 25% to less than 30% of adults were physically inactive.
  • In 7 states (Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi), and 2 US territories (Puerto Rico, and Guam), 30% or more of adults were physically inactive.
  • The South (28.0%) had the highest prevalence of physical inactivity, followed by the Northeast (25.6%), Midwest (25.0%), and the West (20.5%).

Map: Overall Physical Inactivity

Prevalence of Self-Reported Physical Inactivity* Among US Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015–2018

Map details in table below

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
* Respondents were classified as physically inactive if they responded “no” to the following question: “During the past month, other than your regular job, did you participate in any physical activities or exercises such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking for exercise?”
** Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) ≥30%.

Prevalence of Self-Reported Physical Inactivity by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2018
Prevalence of Self-Reported Physical Inactivity by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2018
State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 31.0 (30.2, 31.7)
Alaska 20.3 (19.1, 21.5)
Arizona 23.7 (23.0, 24.4)
Arkansas 32.5 (31.4, 33.6)
California 20.4 (19.9, 20.9)
Colorado 17.3 (16.8, 17.8)
Connecticut 22.7 (22.1, 23.3)
Delaware 28.4 (27.4, 29.3)
District of Columbia 19.8 (18.9, 20.8)
Florida 28.0 (27.4, 28.7)
Georgia 28.5 (27.7, 29.2)
Hawaii 21.6 (20.9, 22.3)
Idaho 21.5 (20.6, 22.3)
Illinois 24.3 (23.6, 25.1)
Indiana 28.3 (27.6, 28.9)
Iowa 24.2 (23.5, 24.8)
Kansas 25.0 (24.5, 25.4)
Kentucky 32.2 (31.4, 33.0)
Louisiana 30.9 (29.9, 31.8)
Maine 23.2 (22.6, 23.9)
Maryland 23.9 (23.3, 24.5)
Massachusetts 23.3 (22.6, 24.0)
Michigan 25.1 (24.5, 25.6)
Minnesota 21.2 (20.8, 21.6)
Mississippi 33.0 (32.1, 33.9)
Missouri 26.8 (26.0, 27.5)
Montana 22.5 (21.8, 23.3)
Nebraska 24.2 (23.7, 24.7)
Nevada 25.6 (24.5, 26.7)
New Hampshire 21.8 (21.0, 22.5)
New Jersey 28.7 (27.7, 29.6)
New Mexico 22.3 (21.6, 23.1)
New York 26.6 (26.0, 27.1)
North Carolina 24.7 (24.0, 25.4)
North Dakota 24.6 (23.9, 25.4)
Ohio 27.0 (26.3, 27.6)
Oklahoma 30.2 (29.4, 31.0)
Oregon 19.2 (18.5, 19.8)
Pennsylvania 24.8 (24.1, 25.6)
Rhode Island 25.9 (25.1, 26.8)
South Carolina 27.2 (26.6, 27.8)
South Dakota 22.3 (21.4, 23.2)
Tennessee 30.0 (29.2, 30.9)
Texas 27.9 (27.1, 28.7)
Utah 18.6 (18.1, 19.0)
Vermont 20.5 (19.8, 21.2)
Virginia 24.0 (23.4, 24.7)
Washington 18.3 (17.9, 18.8)
West Virginia 29.8 (29.0, 30.5)
Wisconsin 21.4 (20.6, 22.2)
Wyoming 24.1 (23.3, 25.0)
Guam 31.0 (29.3, 32.7)
Puerto Rico 47.7 (46.8, 48.6)

Maps: Physical Inactivity by Race/Ethnicity

Prevalence of Self-Reported Physical Inactivity Among US Adults by Race/Ethnicity, State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015–2018

Prevalence of Self-Reported Physical Inactivity* Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015–2018

Map details in table below

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

* Respondents were classified as physically inactive if they responded “no” to the following question: “During the past month, other than your regular job, did you participate in any physical activities or exercises such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking for exercise?”

** Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) ≥30%.

Prevalence of Self-Reported Physical Inactivity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2018
Prevalence of Self-Reported Physical Inactivity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2018
State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 30.0 (29.1, 30.8)
Alaska 17.8 (16.6, 19.0)
Arizona 22.3 (21.6, 23.0)
Arkansas 32.3 (31.1, 33.5)
California 16.7 (16.0, 17.4)
Colorado 14.5 (14.0, 15.0)
Connecticut 20.0 (19.4, 20.6)
Delaware 26.6 (25.5, 27.7)
District of Columbia 8.0 (7.0, 9.1)
Florida 25.3 (24.6, 26.0)
Georgia 26.5 (25.5, 27.4)
Hawaii 14.5 (13.5, 15.6)
Idaho 20.2 (19.3, 21.0)
Illinois 22.2 (21.4, 23.1)
Indiana 27.5 (26.8, 28.3)
Iowa 23.5 (22.8, 24.1)
Kansas 24.1 (23.7, 24.6)
Kentucky 32.7 (31.8, 33.5)
Louisiana 29.1 (28.0, 30.2)
Maine 23.0 (22.4, 23.7)
Maryland 22.1 (21.5, 22.8)
Massachusetts 21.1 (20.3, 21.9)
Michigan 23.8 (23.2, 24.4)
Minnesota 19.9 (19.5, 20.3)
Mississippi 31.6 (30.5, 32.7)
Missouri 25.8 (25.0, 26.6)
Montana 21.9 (21.1, 22.7)
Nebraska 22.8 (22.2, 23.3)
Nevada 22.6 (21.3, 23.9)
New Hampshire 21.2 (20.5, 22.0)
New Jersey 26.4 (25.2, 27.6)
New Mexico 20.5 (19.5, 21.5)
New York 22.8 (22.2, 23.4)
North Carolina 23.3 (22.5, 24.2)
North Dakota 24.3 (23.5, 25.1)
Ohio 26.1 (25.5, 26.8)
Oklahoma 30.2 (29.3, 31.1)
Oregon 17.8 (17.1, 18.5)
Pennsylvania 24.1 (23.3, 24.9)
Rhode Island 23.9 (23.0, 24.8)
South Carolina 25.3 (24.6, 26.0)
South Dakota 22.3 (21.4, 23.3)
Tennessee 29.2 (28.3, 30.1)
Texas 24.6 (23.6, 25.6)
Utah 16.8 (16.4, 17.3)
Vermont 20.3 (19.6, 21.0)
Virginia 22.2 (21.5, 22.8)
Washington 17.0 (16.5, 17.4)
West Virginia 29.9 (29.2, 30.6)
Wisconsin 20.0 (19.3, 20.8)
Wyoming 23.4 (22.6, 24.3)
Guam 14.6 (11.0, 19.1)
Puerto Rico 39.7 (28.6, 52.0)

Prevalence of Self-Reported Physical Inactivity* Among Hispanic Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015–2018

Map details in table below

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

* Respondents were classified as physically inactive if they responded “no” to the following question: “During the past month, other than your regular job, did you participate in any physical activities or exercises such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking for exercise?”

** Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) ≥30%.

Prevalence of Self-Reported Physical Inactivity Among Hispanic Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2018
Prevalence of Self-Reported Physical Inactivity Among Hispanic Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2018
State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 27.5 (21.9, 33.9)
Alaska 19.0 (13.9, 25.4)
Arizona 26.1 (24.4, 27.8)
Arkansas 31.8 (25.8, 38.5)
California 26.6 (25.6, 27.5)
Colorado 26.7 (25.3, 28.2)
Connecticut 32.6 (30.6, 34.7)
Delaware 34.8 (31.6, 38.3)
District of Columbia 23.3 (19.2, 28.0)
Florida 33.7 (31.9, 35.5)
Georgia 36.2 (33.0, 39.6)
Hawaii 19.4 (17.3, 21.7)
Idaho 30.9 (27.3, 34.7)
Illinois 29.9 (27.6, 32.2)
Indiana 35.2 (31.7, 38.9)
Iowa 32.4 (28.7, 36.3)
Kansas 29.4 (27.4, 31.5)
Kentucky 25.5 (19.9, 32.0)
Louisiana 29.0 (23.8, 34.8)
Maine 20.1 (14.4, 27.5)
Maryland 29.1 (26.2, 32.1)
Massachusetts 37.1 (34.5, 39.7)
Michigan 29.8 (26.3, 33.4)
Minnesota 36.0 (33.5, 38.5)
Mississippi 31.6 (23.1, 41.5)
Missouri 28.0 (23.0, 33.6)
Montana 21.3 (16.5, 26.9)
Nebraska 36.0 (33.7, 38.3)
Nevada 31.5 (29.0, 34.1)
New Hampshire 28.9 (21.8, 37.2)
New Jersey 37.6 (35.1, 40.2)
New Mexico 24.0 (22.8, 25.3)
New York 35.5 (34.0, 36.9)
North Carolina 29.3 (26.6, 32.1)
North Dakota 20.9 (15.8, 27.2)
Ohio 31.9 (27.3, 36.9)
Oklahoma 30.2 (27.0, 33.5)
Oregon 30.3 (27.4, 33.4)
Pennsylvania 29.6 (25.8, 33.7)
Rhode Island 36.3 (33.2, 39.4)
South Carolina 27.9 (24.6, 31.5)
South Dakota 18.8 (12.9, 26.5)
Tennessee 36.1 (29.8, 42.9)
Texas 32.6 (30.9, 34.3)
Utah 28.9 (27.1, 30.9)
Vermont 15.8 (10.6, 22.9)
Virginia 34.2 (31.2, 37.2)
Washington 24.7 (23.0, 26.5)
West Virginia 28.2 (20.7, 37.2)
Wisconsin 27.8 (23.4, 32.7)
Wyoming 27.6 (23.8, 31.7)
Guam 21.1 (16.8, 26.2)
Puerto Rico 47.7 (46.8, 48.6)

Prevalence of Self-Reported Physical Inactivity* Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015–2018

Map details in table below

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

* Respondents were classified as physically inactive if they responded “no” to the following question: “During the past month, other than your regular job, did you participate in any physical activities or exercises such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking for exercise?”

** Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) ≥30%.

Prevalence of Self-Reported Physical Inactivity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2018
Prevalence of Self-Reported Physical Inactivity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2018
State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 34.3 (32.7, 35.9)
Alaska 26.5 (17.3, 38.3)
Arizona 27.1 (23.0, 31.6)
Arkansas 34.4 (31.2, 37.7)
California 23.0 (20.6, 25.5)
Colorado 20.5 (17.6, 23.8)
Connecticut 28.6 (26.4, 30.9)
Delaware 31.9 (29.4, 34.6)
District of Columbia 30.8 (29.3, 32.3)
Florida 31.7 (29.6, 33.8)
Georgia 31.0 (29.4, 32.6)
Hawaii 26.9 (19.8, 35.4)
Idaho Insufficient data** Insufficient data**
Illinois 30.1 (27.8, 32.5)
Indiana 31.7 (29.1, 34.4)
Iowa 28.4 (23.8, 33.4)
Kansas 29.4 (27.0, 31.9)
Kentucky 32.1 (28.8, 35.6)
Louisiana 35.1 (33.1, 37.2)
Maine 29.6 (18.8, 43.2)
Maryland 26.4 (25.2, 27.7)
Massachusetts 27.4 (24.2, 30.8)
Michigan 31.1 (29.4, 32.9)
Minnesota 26.7 (24.4, 29.1)
Mississippi 35.2 (33.6, 36.8)
Missouri 35.1 (32.3, 38.0)
Montana Insufficient data** Insufficient data**
Nebraska 25.4 (22.0, 29.1)
Nevada 29.9 (25.7, 34.4)
New Hampshire 32.4 (22.0, 45.0)
New Jersey 32.8 (30.1, 35.5)
New Mexico 23.8 (17.8, 31.1)
New York 30.2 (28.6, 31.8)
North Carolina 28.2 (26.5, 30.0)
North Dakota 34.3 (27.2, 42.3)
Ohio 32.6 (30.3, 34.9)
Oklahoma 33.5 (30.3, 36.9)
Oregon 17.9 (12.6, 24.8)
Pennsylvania 27.7 (25.4, 30.3)
Rhode Island 28.5 (24.5, 32.9)
South Carolina 31.4 (30.1, 32.7)
South Dakota Insufficient data** Insufficient data**
Tennessee 32.1 (29.5, 34.8)
Texas 30.2 (27.5, 33.0)
Utah 23.4 (17.1, 31.1)
Vermont 30.0 (19.7, 42.8)
Virginia 29.7 (28.1, 31.3)
Washington 21.6 (18.7, 24.9)
West Virginia 29.9 (25.6, 34.6)
Wisconsin 35.3 (30.3, 40.7)
Wyoming 26.0 (15.9, 39.5)
Guam Insufficient data** Insufficient data**
Puerto Rico Insufficient data** Insufficient data**
**Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) ≥30%.