NEW YORK, NY – It’s easy to make New Year’s resolutions. The hard part is keeping them. But before you blame yourself entirely for your previous lack of success, consider this: Your location may be setting you up for failure.

If you live in a neighborhood with no sidewalks or fitness centers nearby, for example, you may not feel as encouraged to exercise. The same goes if most of your restaurant options are limited to fast food: You may be less likely to eat healthy on days you dine out. These might sound like excuses to the boldest resolvers, but they genuinely can impede a person’s progress at self-improvement, especially if motivation is low to begin with.

Estimates of the resolution failure rate vary from 42 percent to 92 percent. Regardless of the actual figure, a high number of people will fail at some point in the process and break the usual resolutions, such as “lose weight,” “save more” and “stress less.”

To determine where Americans are most likely to stick to their goals for 2018, WalletHub considered some of the most popular (and most commonly broken) resolutions to rank more than 180 U.S. cities based on their conduciveness to self-improvement. In each city, we looked at a total of 52 key metrics, ranging from gyms per capita to income growth to employment outlook. Read on for our findings, expert advice and a full description of our methodology.

With up to 92 percent of Americans doomed to fail at keeping their New Year’s resolutions – “get out of debt” is among both the most popular and most commonly broken – the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst Cities for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions as a follow-up on its Most Sinful Cities ranking.


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To help Americans stick to their 2018 goals, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 52 key metrics. The data set ranges from adult obesity to income growth to employment outlook.

Best Cities for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions


Worst Cities for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions


Seattle, WA



Columbus, GA



San Francisco, CA



Hialeah, FL



San Diego, CA



Mobile, AL



Scottsdale, AZ



Montgomery, AL



Salt Lake City, UT



Augusta, GA



San Jose, CA



Detroit, MI



Orlando, FL



Jackson, MS



Irvine, CA



Newark, NJ



Austin, TX



Shreveport, LA



Portland, OR



Gulfport, MS


Best vs. Worst

  • Fremont, California, has the lowest share of obese adults, 14.7 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 45.1 percent.
  • Fremont, California, has the lowest share of delinquent debtors, 1.80 percent, which is seven times lower than in Tempe, Arizona, the city with the highest at 12.65 percent.
  • South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.1 percent, which is 5.2 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 10.9 percent.
  • Charleston, West Virginia, has the lowest prevalence of adult binge- and heavy drinking, 11.1 percent, which is 2.4 times lower than in Madison, Wisconsin, the city with the highest at 26.4 percent.
  • San Jose, California, has the lowest share of adult smokers, 8.4 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in St. Louis, the city with the highest at 26.3 percent.
  • El Paso, Texas, has the lowest average wedding cost (as a share of the median annual household income), 31.19 percent, which is 3.9 times lower than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the highest at 121.43 percent.


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