Next year, how likely are you really to go to the gym four times a week, switch to a strict low-carb diet, or clean out your house Marie Kondo-style and donate everything to charity? The answer depends on where you live. WalletHub compared over 180 U.S. cities across 56 different factors to determine where your goals are most likely to stick. Because, unfortunately, the fail New Year’s resolution is about 80% or more, ane you need all the help you can get.
To determine the likelihood of keeping resolutions for health, finance, bad habits, and relationships, Wallethub factored in, amongst other things, the percentage of obese adults and percentage of adults not exercising, access to exercise and health-food stores, income growth, credit score, percentage of delinquent debtors, housing affordability, home ownership, school and university data, job security and unemployment rate, binge drinking and drug data, and area entertainment.
The best cities for keeping your New Year’s resolution are:
1. San Francisco, CA
2. Scottsdale, AZ
3. San Diego, CA
4. Seattle, WA
5. Irvine, CA
6. San Jose, CA
7. Salt Lake City, UT
8. Austin, TX
9. Portland, OR
10. Orlando, FL
The worst cities for keeping your New Year’s resolution:
173. Laredo, TX
174. Charleston, WV
175. Augusta, GA
176. Huntington, WV
177. Jackson, MS
178. Detroit, MI
179. Fort Smith, AR
180. Newark, NJ
181. Shreveport, LA
182. Gulfport, MS
Some cities are just better for your goals than others
More stats about the cities where you’re likely to keep your resolution:
Irvine, CA is #2 of all the cities with the lowest % of obese adults. San Francisco is right behind it at #3.
Seattle, WA is #1 when it comes to cities with the lowest percentage of adults not exercising, followed by Irvine, CA, and Portland, OR.
San Francisco is #3 with the highest median credit score, followed by Irvine, CA at #4, and Seattle, WA, at #5.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the cities where it’s harder to keep a resolution score low on the above items
In short, a variety of social and economic indicators make it easier for people to get to a gym or even fine one, have access to capital so they can save money, or eat healthily – which are all common New Year’s resolutions. Keeping them is as much an issue of circumstance and class as it is about willpower and planning.
Map explanation: The purple dots represent the best areas for keeping your New Year’s resolution, and the turquoise dots represent the worst areas. The purple dots cluster near both coasts and the middle of the country, the turquoise dots gather in the north-eastern Rust Belt and the South.