Getting fit for the new year: a look at fitness centers by metro area

January 04, 2018

The new year is often a time for setting new fitness goals. Depending on where one lives, achieving these goals might be easier with help from employees at fitness and recreational sports centers. Here we’ve mapped metro areas by their fitness center employee location quotient in June 2017, the latest period for which data are available. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut, had the highest location quotient, at 2.8 times the national average.

Fitness and recreational sports centers employment location quotients by metropolitan area, June 2017
Metropolitan Statistical Area June employment location quotient Establishments June employment Average weekly wage

U.S. total

1.00 35,262 673,590 $320

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

2.81 248 5,591 476

Wichita, KS

2.30 39 3,083 257

Charlottesville, VA

2.14 36 1,114 268

Pocatello, ID

2.05 12 327 178

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

1.93 381 11,991 260

Great Falls, MT

1.93 11 322 244

Winston-Salem, NC

1.92 83 2,295 188

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

1.91 105 3,254 212

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

1.90 19 436 557

Boulder, CO

1.89 65 1,589 344

Modesto, CA

1.84 43 1,614 316

Richmond, VA

1.80 164 5,342 267

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

1.77 101 2,297 350

Fort Collins, CO

1.67 51 1,245 255

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

1.67 64 1,567 297

Missoula, MT

1.66 21 474 189

New Haven-Milford, CT

1.66 132 2,845 298

Montgomery, AL

1.65 33 1,278 175

Santa Rosa, CA

1.62 67 1,565 290

Syracuse, NY

1.58 77 2,228 222

Harrisonburg, VA

1.56 12 459 112

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

1.56 767 22,885 307

Hammond, LA

1.55 15 311 170

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

1.52 68 954 416

Lancaster, PA

1.50 55 1,664 251

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

1.50 2,848 65,013 431

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

1.49 252 7,227 246

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

1.48 863 19,139 292

Wausau, WI

1.46 19 489 195

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

1.44 632 15,942 410

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH

1.42 967 17,602 360

Corvallis, OR

1.39 14 248 228

Racine, WI

1.39 9 488 176

Ithaca, NY

1.38 17 330 216

Huntsville, AL

1.36 73 1,392 191

Greensboro-High Point, NC

1.35 80 2,185 234

Jefferson City, MO

1.35 16 476 247

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

1.35 105 2,039 379

Napa, CA

1.34 23 494 302

Columbia, MO

1.33 26 576 206

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

1.33 74 1,174 260

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

1.32 25 617 212

Madison, WI

1.32 103 2,363 266

Chico, CA

1.30 19 498 275

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

1.29 169 3,239 305

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

1.27 36 712 243

Midland, TX

1.24 16 524 313

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

1.24 29 651 278

St. Louis, MO-IL

1.24 313 7,621 278

Trenton, NJ

1.24 66 1,446 310

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

1.24 40 808 267

Anchorage, AK

1.23 47 1,001 332

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

1.23 319 6,661 335

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

1.23 241 5,547 289

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

1.21 1,133 25,586 339

Ann Arbor, MI

1.20 38 1,149 321

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

1.20 442 7,991 379

Eugene, OR

1.19 47 865 242

Bend-Redmond, OR

1.18 34 450 217

Flint, MI

1.18 21 744 249

Florence, SC

1.18 15 454 220

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

1.18 415 10,526 354

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

1.18 337 10,653 341

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

1.17 397 6,758 273

Burlington, NC

1.16 13 321 174

Flagstaff, AZ

1.16 17 338 199

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

1.16 47 1,377 176

California-Lexington Park, MD

1.15 12 233 182

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

1.15 285 5,861 405

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

1.15 38 590 289

Bay City, MI

1.14 4 181 213

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

1.14 75 1,567 234

Lexington-Fayette, KY

1.14 60 1,417 234

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN

1.14 144 3,381 250

Manchester-Nashua, NH

1.14 72 1,080 310

Greenville, NC

1.13 22 396 275

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

1.13 172 4,367 248

Pueblo, CO

1.13 15 322 211

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

1.12 129 2,480 247

Peoria, IL

1.12 43 880 221

Salem, OR

1.12 49 918 223

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

1.12 530 10,226 352

Jackson, MI

1.11 14 297 370

Austin-Round Rock, TX

1.10 290 5,052 459

Reading, PA

1.10 47 881 211

Tulsa, OK

1.10 103 2,172 319

Wilmington, NC

1.08 41 622 244

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

1.07 115 2,431 230

Barnstable Town, MA

1.06 51 533 258

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

1.06 30 437 228

Gadsden, AL

1.06 10 180 168

Punta Gorda, FL

1.06 16 224 235

Redding, CA

1.06 19 330 272

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

1.05 42 645 269

Boise City, ID

1.04 77 1,501 362

Reno, NV

1.04 64 1,102 284

Tucson, AZ

1.03 95 1,722 288

Ames, IA

1.02 16 221 209

Eau Claire, WI

1.02 17 390 143

Prescott, AZ

1.02 19 299 236

Baton Rouge, LA

1.01 90 1,788 282

Bellingham, WA

1.01 25 423 207

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

1.01 31 351 195

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

0.99 176 2,885 291

Port St. Lucie, FL

0.99 51 632 262

Columbus, OH

0.98 234 4,657 319

Jackson, MS

0.97 62 1,160 246

Monroe, LA

0.97 15 341 256

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

0.96 60 758 277

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

0.96 251 3,167 296

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

0.95 688 11,391 338

Cedar Rapids, IA

0.95 33 639 187

Dayton, OH

0.95 83 1,622 311

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

0.95 864 11,044 410

Knoxville, TN

0.94 87 1,642 243

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

0.93 1,385 25,633 419

Lynchburg, VA

0.93 23 425 208

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

0.93 12 158 186

Sebring, FL

0.93 7 117 266

Springfield, MA

0.93 69 1,200 265

College Station-Bryan, TX

0.92 28 455 211

Oklahoma City, OK

0.92 166 2,559 208

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

0.92 310 5,037 354

St. George, UT

0.92 14 268 210

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

0.91 34 643 237

Lima, OH

0.91 10 216 243

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

0.91 174 3,195 269

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

0.90 20 292 204

Midland, MI

0.90 6 156 284

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

0.90 11 217 201

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

0.89 155 2,271 290

Casper, WY

0.89 9 159 196

Tallahassee, FL

0.89 48 691 288

Grand Junction, CO

0.88 13 251 232

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

0.88 26 521 181

Medford, OR

0.88 25 358 242

Evansville, IN-KY

0.87 28 615 190

Jacksonville, NC

0.87 12 197 238

Kankakee, IL

0.87 19 184 242

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

0.86 91 1,435 231

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

0.86 240 4,108 320

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

0.86 321 5,771 344

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

0.85 102 1,780 302

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

0.85 185 3,822 304

Homosassa Springs, FL

0.84 10 125 343

Norwich-New London, CT

0.84 38 495 252

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

0.83 108 1,282 318

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

0.83 304 7,459 356

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

0.83 537 11,213 379

Canton-Massillon, OH

0.82 25 640 230

Fairbanks, AK

0.82 12 141 218

Stockton-Lodi, CA

0.82 44 952 275

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

0.81 623 12,952 393

Elmira, NY

0.80 11 132 307

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

0.80 66 868 314

Fargo, ND-MN

0.79 34 505 244

Tuscaloosa, AL

0.79 19 361 318

Mobile, AL

0.78 42 615 187

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

0.78 184 3,643 350

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

0.78 19 320 199

Erie, PA

0.77 24 442 259

Kansas City, MO-KS

0.77 230 3,724 276

Monroe, MI

0.77 6 148 194

Coeur d'Alene, ID

0.76 21 219 263

Grand Island, NE

0.76 15 152 156

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

0.76 46 747 238

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

0.75 42 728 262

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

0.74 16 184 213

Charleston, WV

0.73 20 363 227

East Stroudsburg, PA

0.73 15 193 287

Kingston, NY

0.73 28 211 202

Ocala, FL

0.73 23 340 301

State College, PA

0.73 22 244 257

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

0.71 20 299 174

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

0.71 11 212 223

Pittsburgh, PA

0.71 307 3,723 267

Spartanburg, SC

0.70 28 471 206

York-Hanover, PA

0.69 42 573 206

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

0.68 65 783 380

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

0.68 23 447 361

Tyler, TX

0.68 26 324 438

Corpus Christi, TX

0.67 43 588 274

Wheeling, WV-OH

0.67 13 194 332

Fresno, CA

0.66 56 1,195 308

Akron, OH

0.65 68 983 288

Carbondale-Marion, IL

0.65 17 156 217

Lebanon, PA

0.65 9 151 174

Urban Honolulu, HI

0.64 50 1,403 375

Decatur, IL

0.63 10 146 237

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

0.63 98 1,778 357

Bakersfield, CA

0.62 48 942 318

Champaign-Urbana, IL

0.62 22 280 156

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

0.62 223 2,696 295

Rockford, IL

0.62 31 419 225

Santa Fe, NM

0.61 25 172 354

Chattanooga, TN-GA

0.60 58 683 253

Decatur, AL

0.60 13 148 179

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

0.60 12 156 219

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

0.60 60 572 268

Cheyenne, WY

0.59 7 125 216

Columbus, IN

0.59 8 140 211

Asheville, NC

0.58 46 504 378

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

0.57 17 154 161

Greeley, CO

0.56 21 275 259

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

0.55 37 646 286

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC

0.55 51 429 242

Portland-South Portland, ME

0.55 76 720 295

Auburn-Opelika, AL

0.54 13 146 254

Dubuque, IA

0.54 11 147 156

Odessa, TX

0.54 15 175 270

Joplin, MO

0.52 13 189 224

Pittsfield, MA

0.51 13 152 242

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

0.50 8 103 164

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

0.50 7 79 203

El Paso, TX

0.49 74 685 247

Janesville-Beloit, WI

0.49 12 154 209

Merced, CA

0.49 16 183 264

Yakima, WA

0.49 15 278 235

Victoria, TX

0.47 9 88 608

Laredo, TX

0.46 20 211 251

Sherman-Denison, TX

0.46 9 99 204

Springfield, MO

0.46 37 431 278

Jonesboro, AR

0.45 8 115 271

Muskegon, MI

0.45 8 135 245

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

0.45 17 128 202

Altoona, PA

0.44 9 122 208

Muncie, IN

0.44 9 94 158

Warner Robins, GA

0.44 14 145 178

Johnson City, TN

0.42 15 152 235

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

0.42 16 149 297

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

0.42 9 95 280

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

0.41 29 305 252

Carson City, NV

0.41 7 58 318

Lawrence, KS

0.41 9 92 178

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

0.41 42 330 283

Danville, IL

0.40 7 50 179

Farmington, NM

0.40 7 89 175

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

0.40 19 178 341

Visalia-Porterville, CA

0.40 19 318 287

Las Cruces, NM

0.39 11 129 208

Salinas, CA

0.39 23 374 339

Springfield, OH

0.39 12 88 232

Madera, CA

0.38 5 87 242

Duluth, MN-WI

0.37 28 225 201

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

0.37 20 142 164

Columbus, GA-AL

0.36 28 190 283

Lake Charles, LA

0.36 19 189 290

Topeka, KS

0.36 15 183 175

Albany, OR

0.35 9 75 291

Bangor, ME

0.35 11 114 185

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

0.35 8 66 268

El Centro, CA

0.34 10 106 194

Killeen-Temple, TX

0.34 29 221 212

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

0.34 21 181 230

Saginaw, MI

0.34 11 135 170

Bismarck, ND

0.33 10 109 235

Longview, WA

0.33 10 61 221

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

0.33 10 74 221

Waco, TX

0.33 16 178 307

Johnstown, PA

0.32 8 77 122

Mansfield, OH

0.31 9 74 198

Battle Creek, MI

0.30 7 78 267

Albany, GA

0.29 10 80 230

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

0.29 9 66 220

Longview, TX

0.29 16 128 264

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

0.28 34 234 181

Goldsboro, NC

0.28 9 55 194

Yuma, AZ

0.28 12 75 248

Rapid City, SD

0.27 16 88 157

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

0.24 12 149 296

Alexandria, LA

0.23 8 64 259

Beckley, WV

0.23 4 46 114

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

0.23 18 150 222

Gainesville, GA

0.22 20 89 260

Fond du Lac, WI

0.21 8 46 210

Dothan, AL

0.20 7 52 255

Rome, GA

0.20 7 37 283

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

0.20 7 35 192

Fort Smith, AR-OK

0.19 19 94 159

Williamsport, PA

0.19 7 46 249

Wichita Falls, TX

0.18 7 48 180

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

0.17 7 34 279

Lawton, OK

0.14 5 28 227

Kokomo, IN

0.12 4 22 228

Manhattan, KS

0.12 5 22 85

Wichita, Kansas, and Charlottesville, Virginia, also had higher-than-average concentrations of employment in fitness and recreational sports centers, with location quotients of 2.30 and 2.14. Lawton, Oklahoma (0.14), Kokomo, Indiana (0.12), and Manhattan, Kansas (0.12), had the lowest concentration of employees in fitness centers among metropolitan areas.

Employees in Victoria, Texas, made the highest average weekly wage, at $608, followed by employees in Sebastian-Vero Beach, Florida ($557), and Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut ($476).

Comparing total establishments, New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, ranked first in the U.S. with 2,848 centers, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (1,385), and Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (1,133).

Location quotients are the ratio of an industry’s employment share in an area to its national share. For example, an industry up 6 percent of metropolitan area employment and 2 percent of national employment would have a location quotient in that area of 6/2 = 3. A location quotient greater than 1 means the industry has a higher share of area employment than the national average.

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. You can get more industry employment data for the nation, states, counties, and metropolitan areas through the QCEW data viewer tool.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Getting fit for the new year: a look at fitness centers by metro area on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/getting-fit-for-the-new-year-a-look-at-fitness-centers-by-metro-area.htm (visited November 14, 2018).

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