Courtney Craig
apartment fitness amenities

Summer is almost officially here, and with it comes bathing suit season (eep!). Whether you want to get in shape or just look good lounging by your apartment community’s pool, exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle — and your apartment can help you attain it.

If your community offers apartment fitness amenities that can help you get in shape, use them! It’s way cheaper than joining a gym, and you don’t have to travel far from home to get your workout in. Apartment Guide data has revealed the top five areas where renters can get fit right in their own communities, whether they choose to play basketball, play tennis, go swimming, go hiking, lift weights or just play on the playground.

Apartment Guide obtained this data from all the apartment communities that list on the site for May 7, 2014. The data reflect the areas that have the most fitness amenities to offer renters.

So what is America’s top fitness area?

That crown belongs to our nation’s capital: Washington, D.C., made the top 5 list for each of the six fitness amenities we researched. Of the 839 listings on that included at least one amenity in the Washington metro area:

  • 559 communities offer a fitness center
  • 65 have a basketball court
  • 135 have a tennis court
  • 167 are in close proximity to hiking and jogging trails
  • 379 have a playground
  • 592 include a swimming pool

You hear that, Washington? You’ve got plenty of amenities to use, so get out there and enjoy them!

Other top metros include Phoenix, which ranks in the top 5 for all fitness amenities except tennis courts, and Atlanta, which is great for pools, playgrounds, tennis courts and fitness centers. Two of Texas’ major metro areas ranked highly as well – the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area and the Houston area both have a lot of pools and fitness centers. More about fitness on the AG Blog:

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So where will you find the most apartments with basketball courts, fitness centers, etc.? Here’s how the Apartment Guide data shakes out:

Basketball Court Tennis Court Fitness Center Nearby Trails Playground Swimming Pool
1 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Washington-Arlington-Alexandria
2 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale
3 Salt Lake City Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
4 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Baltimore-Towson Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
5 Indianapolis-Carmel Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta

More fun with data on the AG Blog:


Apartment Guide identified the top five areas with the most apartment communities that offered at least one of the following fitness amenities as of May 7, 2014: Basketball court, tennis court, playground, swimming pool, fitness center and nearby trails. The apartment communities were grouped by core-based statistical areas (CBSAs, also known as metro areas) and Apartment Guide identified the top five CBSAs that offer the most apartments with each kind of fitness amenity. Communities that did not include any fitness amenities were omitted from the total number of listings.




About The Author

Courtney Craig is an editor and writer for the Apartment Guide Blog. She rented apartments for 12 years in 4 cities before buying her first house in Atlanta. Find Courtney on Google.