The Most Active States of 2016, According to Strava

Americans ran a lot this year and uploaded to Strava more than ever. Here's how your state stacked up.

Americans are uploading more runs to Strava than ever before. (sanjeri/iStock)
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This year was a great one for fitness. While Americans ate more fat, continued being active late into life, and set jaw-dropping FKTs, they also began using Strava more than ever before: in 2016, the app saw a 46 percent increase in uploaded runs in the U.S. Curious about the breakdown of activity across the country, we reached out to the San Francisco-based company to see how each state stacked up against each other. Who ran the most? Who ran the longest? Fastest? Highest?

Below, we've ranked all the states, along with D.C. and Puerto Rico, according to the total number of runs.


1. California

Number of runs: 4,505,541
Average pace: 9:37 (ranking: 40th)
Average elevation gain per run: 275 ft (ranking: 10th)
Average distance per run: 5 miles
Average run duration: 50:40

2. Texas

Number of runs: 1,282,265
Average pace: 9:36 (ranking: 39th)
Average elevation gain per run: 101 ft (ranking: 47th)
Average distance per run: 4.7 miles
Average run duration: 46:51

3. New York

Number of runs: 1,151,551
Average pace: 9:01 (ranking: 4th)
Average elevation gain per run: 152 ft (ranking: 36th)
Average distance per run: 5.3 miles
Average run duration: 49:07

4. Colorado

Number of runs: 913,097
Average pace: 9:43 (ranking: 45th)
Average elevation gain per run: 338 ft (ranking: 45th)
Average distance per run: 5.2 miles
Average run duration: 52:54

5. Florida

Number of runs: 822,158
Average pace: 9:41 (ranking: 43rd)
Average elevation gain per run: 32 ft (ranking: 51st)
Average distance per run: 4.5 miles
Average run duration: 45:37

6. Washington

Number of runs: 709,562
Average pace: 9:28 (ranking: 33rd)
Average elevation gain per run: 274 ft (ranking: 11th)
Average distance per run: 5 miles
Average run duration: 49:45

7. Massachusetts 

Number of runs: 695,632
Average pace: 8:55 (ranking: 1st)
Average elevation gain per run: 149 ft (ranking: 37th)
Average distance per run: 5.2 miles
Average run duration: 47:14

8. Pennsylvania 

Number of runs: 682,774
Average pace: 9:15 (ranking: 17th)
Average elevation gain per run: 226 ft (ranking: 16th)
Average distance per run: 5 miles
Average run duration: 48:17

9. North Carolina

Number of runs: 638,512
Average pace: 9:20 (ranking: 24th)
Average elevation gain per run: 202 ft (ranking: 24th)
Average distance per run: 4.9 miles
Average run duration: 47:04

10. Virginia

Number of runs: 581,230
Average pace: 9:20 (ranking: 23th)
Average elevation gain per run: 207 ft (ranking: 22nd)
Average distance per run: 5.1 miles
Average run duration: 49:38

11. Illinois

Number of runs: 569,556
Average pace: 9:04 (ranking: 6th)
Average elevation gain per run: 63 ft (ranking: 50th)
Average distance per run: 5.3 miles
Average run duration: 49:41

12. Oregon

Number of runs: 522,022
Average pace: 9:21 (ranking: 25th)
Average elevation gain per run: 312 ft (ranking: 6th)
Average distance per run: 5.3 miles
Average run duration: 51:38

13. Utah

Number of runs: 502,699
Average pace: 9:44 (ranking: 46th)
Average elevation gain per run: 340 ft (ranking: 4th)
Average distance per run: 5.2 miles
Average run duration: 53:55

14. Arizona

Number of runs: 492,613
Average pace: 9:56 (ranking: 49th)
Average elevation gain per run: 210 ft (ranking: 20th)
Average distance per run: 4.8 miles
Average run duration: 51:09

15. Georgia

Number of runs: 491,067
Average pace: 9:33 (ranking: 37th)
Average elevation gain per run: 219 ft (ranking: 18th)
Average distance per run: 4.8 miles
Average run duration: 47:30

16. Ohio

Number of runs: 452,679
Average pace: 9:14 (ranking: 15th)
Average elevation gain per run: 143 ft (ranking: 40th)
Average distance per run: 5.1 miles
Average run duration: 48:51

17. Michigan

Number of runs: 431,876
Average pace: 9:14 (ranking: 16th)
Average elevation gain per run: 103 ft (ranking: 46th)
Average distance per run: 4.9 miles
Average run duration: 47:04

18. New Jersey 

Number of runs: 396,921
Average pace: 9:19 (ranking: 22nd)
Average elevation gain per run: 129 ft (ranking: 43rd)
Average distance per run: 4.9 miles
Average run duration: 44:24

19. Tennessee

Number of runs: 366,468
Average pace: 9:27 (ranking: 32nd)
Average elevation gain per run: 226 ft (ranking: 15th)
Average distance per run: 4.9 miles
Average run duration: 48:22

20. Maryland

Number of runs: 337,283
Average pace: 9:26 (ranking: 30)
Average elevation gain per run: 206 ft (ranking: 23rd)
Average distance per run: 5.1 miles
Average run duration: 49:20

21. Minnesota

Number of runs: 331,617
Average pace: 9:07 (ranking: 9th)
Average elevation gain per run: 154 ft (ranking: 34th)
Average distance per run: 5.3 miles
Average run duration: 49:44

22. Indiana

Number of runs: 276,191
Average pace: 9:11 (ranking: 13th)
Average elevation gain per run: 95 ft (ranking: 49th)
Average distance per run: 5 miles
Average run duration: 46:58

23. Wisconsin

Number of runs: 267,831
Average pace: 9:10 (ranking: 10)
Average elevation gain per run: 145 ft (ranking: 38th)
Average distance per run: 5.2 miles
Average run duration: 49:11

24. Missouri

Number of runs: 245,096
Average pace: 9:25 (ranking: 29th)
Average elevation gain per run: 188 ft (ranking: 26th)
Average distance per run: 4.8 miles
Average run duration: 46:24

25. Connecticut

Number of runs: 235,649
Average pace: 9:13(ranking: 14th)
Average elevation gain per run: 220 ft (ranking: 17th)
Average distance per run: 4.9 miles
Average run duration: 46:56

26. Alabama

Number of runs: 232,493
Average pace: 9:33 (ranking: 36th)
Average elevation gain per run: 179 ft (ranking: 28th)
Average distance per run: 4.8 miles
Average run duration: 47:17

27. South Carolina

Number of runs: 227,947
Average pace: 9:27 (ranking: 31st)
Average elevation gain per run: 132 ft (ranking: 42nd)
Average distance per run: 4.6 miles
Average run duration: 45:01

28. New Hampshire

Number of runs: 178,330
Average pace: 9:15 (ranking: 18th)
Average elevation gain per run: 255 ft (ranking: 14th)
Average distance per run: 5.1 miles
Average run duration: 48:45

29. Nevada

Number of runs: 172,406
Average pace: 9:49 (ranking: 47th)
Average elevation gain per run: 295 ft (ranking: 7th)
Average distance per run: 5 miles
Average run duration: 52:50

30. Kentucky

Number of runs: 165,967
Average pace: 9:16 (ranking: 20th)
Average elevation gain per run: 169 ft (ranking: 31st)
Average distance per run: 4.9 miles
Average run duration: 47:16

31. Idaho

Number of runs: 159,763
Average pace: 9:42 (ranking: 44th)
Average elevation gain per run: 285 ft (ranking: 9th)
Average distance per run: 5.1 miles
Average run duration: 52:10

32. Oklahoma

Number of runs: 153,895
Average pace: 9:31 (ranking: 35th)
Average elevation gain per run: 115 ft (ranking: 44th)
Average distance per run: 4.9 miles
Average run duration: 48:25

33. District of Columbia

Number of runs: 152,304
Average pace: 8:57 (ranking: 2nd)
Average elevation gain per run: 178 ft (ranking: 29th)
Average distance per run: 5.2 miles
Average run duration: 47:40

34. Hawaii

Number of runs: 141,503
Average pace: 9:50 (ranking: 48th)
Average elevation gain per run: 200 ft (ranking: 25th)
Average distance per run: 4.8 miles
Average run duration: 50:11

35. Louisiana

Number of runs: 130,256
Average pace: 9:29 (ranking: 34th)
Average elevation gain per run: 28 ft (ranking: 52nd)
Average distance per run: 4.5 miles
Average run duration: 44:18

36. Iowa

Number of runs: 125,836
Average pace: 9:04 (ranking: 5th)
Average elevation gain per run: 162 ft (ranking: 32nd)
Average distance per run: 5.1 miles
Average run duration: 47:04

37. Arkansas

Number of runs: 123,986
Average pace: 9:36 (ranking: 38th)
Average elevation gain per run: 184 ft (ranking: 27th)
Average distance per run: 4.9 miles
Average run duration: 48:34

38. Kansas 

Number of runs: 118,737
Average pace: 9:22 (ranking: 26th)
Average elevation gain per run: 145 ft (ranking: 39th)
Average distance per run: 4.7 miles
Average run duration: 46:18

39. New Mexico

Number of runs: 116,032
Average pace: 10:01 (ranking: 50th)
Average elevation gain per run: 266 ft (ranking: 13th)
Average distance per run: 4.7 miles
Average run duration: 50:01

40. Maine

Number of runs: 110,607
Average pace: 9:07 (ranking: 8th)
Average elevation gain per run: 218 ft (ranking: 19th)
Average distance per run: 5.2 miles
Average run duration: 49:18

41. Nebraska

Number of runs: 84,499
Average pace: 9:11 (ranking: 12nd)
Average elevation gain per run: 175 ft (ranking: 30th)
Average distance per run: 5.2 miles
Average run duration: 48:00

42. Puerto Rico

Number of runs: 84,294
Average pace: 10:26 (ranking: 52nd)
Average elevation gain per run: 154 ft (ranking: 35th)
Average distance per run: 4.2 miles
Average run duration: 45:47

43. Vermont

Number of runs: 77,737
Average pace: 9:17 (ranking: 21st)
Average elevation gain per run: 369 ft (ranking: 3rd)
Average distance per run: 5.4 miles
Average run duration: 52:16

44. Montana

Number of runs: 74,547
Average pace: 9:38 (ranking: 41st)
Average elevation gain per run: 416 ft (ranking: 2nd)
Average distance per run: 5.4 miles
Average run duration: 55:48

45. Rhode Island

Number of runs: 66,704
Average pace: 9:00 (ranking: 3rd)
Average elevation gain per run: 154 ft (ranking: 33rd)
Average distance per run: 5.1 miles
Average run duration: 46:41

46. Mississippi

Number of runs: 58,119
Average pace: 9:25 (ranking: 28th)
Average elevation gain per run: 103 ft (ranking: 45th)
Average distance per run: 4.4 miles
Average run duration: 42:36

47. West Virginia

Number of runs: 56,723
Average pace: 9:40 (ranking: 42nd)
Average elevation gain per run: 267 ft (ranking: 12th)
Average distance per run: 4.9 miles
Average run duration: 49:13

48. Delaware 

Number of runs: 54,398
Average pace: 9:15 (ranking: 19th)
Average elevation gain per run: 136 ft (ranking: 41st)
Average distance per run: 4.8 miles
Average run duration: 48:42

49. Alaska

Number of runs: 48,998
Average pace: 9:23 (ranking: 27th)
Average elevation gain per run: 286 ft (ranking: 8th)
Average distance per run: 5.3 miles
Average run duration: 42.39

50. South Dakota

Number of runs: 37,144
Average pace: 9:10 (ranking: 11th)
Average elevation gain per run: 208 ft (ranking: 21st)
Average distance per run: 5.1 miles
Average run duration: 48:55

51. Wyoming

Number of runs: 30,537
Average pace: 10:10 (ranking: 51st)
Average elevation gain per run: 418 ft (ranking: 1st)
Average distance per run: 5.6 miles
Average run duration: 1:03:35

52. North Dakota

Number of runs: 19,480
Average pace: 9:07 (ranking: 7th)
Average elevation gain per run: 101 ft (ranking: 48th)
Average distance per run: 5.3 miles
Average run duration: 49:36

 

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