BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – A Gallup poll has listed Boulder as the metropolitan area with lowest rate of obesity in the country for the third year in a row.

The poll found several other cities on Colorado’s Front Range are also among the country’s Top 10 least obese metro areas.

The percentage of Boulder’s population that is considered obese — or having a body mass index score of 30 or higher — is 12.5 percent, according to the poll, which was released Thursday.

Gallup’s polling involved phone polling of 248,538 people across the United States. The least obese cities were found to be as follows:

1. Boulder – 12 percent obese
2. Charlottesville, Virginia – 14.3
3. Bellingham, Washington – 15.9
4. Fort Collins-Loveland – 16.5
5. Naples-Marco Island, Florida – 16.6
6. Denver-Aurora – 17.8
7. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont – 18
8. San Luis Obispo-Pasa Robles, California -18.1
9. Madison, Wisconsin – 18.2
10. Colorado Springs – 18.3

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, was found to have the highest rate of obesity.

Colorado also remains the country’s fittest state, as shown in another Gallup poll released last month that stated 18.7 percent of Coloradans are obese. No other state in that poll had a rate of lower than 20 percent.

Boulder also topped out on another Gallup poll that was recently released. The city was found to be tied with Burlington, Vt., for having the lowest number of residents who said they were “very religious.”

LINK: Gallup Poll Info |


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