Percentage of physically inactive U.S. adults by state 2018

This statistic represents the percentage of adults in the United States that have done no physical activity or exercise within the preceding 30 days, as of 2018. As of that year, Kentucky had the highest rate of physical inactivity in the United States with 34.4 percent of adults reporting no physical activity or exercise besides their job.

Physical inactivity

Kentucky has the highest rates of adult physical inactivity in the United States with nearly 34.4 percent of adults reporting no activity besides their job within the last 30 days. Colorado had one of the lowest rates at some 19 percent of adults. Physical inactivity is an important risk factor in the development of obesity. Similarly to physical inactivity rates, Mississippi has one of the highest rates of obesity at 37.3 percent and Colorado had the lowest rate at around 23 percent. Prevalence rates of obesity have grown steadily among U.S. adults over 20 years of age from 19.4 percent in 1997 to over 31 percent in 2018.

A sedentary lifestyle is prevalent in about 31 percent of Hispanics but only 20 percent of Asians. Physical inactivity raises the risk of developing other diseases such as cardiovascular disease. The U.S. government recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity for adults. Children are recommended to include 60 or more minutes per day for aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activities three times per week.

Percentage of adults that are physically inactive in the United States as of 2018, by state

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Release date

December 2018


United States

Survey time period


Age group

18 years and older

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Percentage of adults who report doing no physical activity or exercise other than their regular job in the last 30 days.

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