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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 02/18/2011

Washingtonians more active than the average American

By Elizabeth Flock
John Mentzer crosses the finish line to win the 34th running of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington. (Toni L. Sandys-The Washington Post)

We're romantic, we're culturally savvy, we're prosperous, and now we're sprightly, too. Seriously, enough already!

Adults in the Washington area, excluding those in Prince George's County, are more active than the average American, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report using 2008 Census data.

Montgomery County is the most active in the Washington area with only 17.7 percent of adults 20 and older reportedly inactive. Residents can thank the region's plethora of parks, the Mall, marathon training groups and endless number of yoga studios.

Prince George's County has more couch potatoes than the rest of the area, with 25.5 percent of adults inactive -- slightly more than the national average of 25.4 percent. But at least the county isn't as bad as Carter County, Ky., where almost half of residents are inactive, putting them at a high risk for diabetes and obesity.

Find your county's inactivity level below:

The District: 20.1 percent
Arlington County: 18.2 percent
Alexandria: 18.6 percent
Fairfax County: 18.9 percent
Loudoun County: 20.4 percent
Prince William County: 20.1 percent
Anne Arundel County: 20.8 percent
Frederick County: 20.4 percent
Howard County: 18.5 percent
Calvert County: 21.8 percent

And check out our wellness page for tips on how to stay active and in shape.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 18, 2011; 11:58 AM ET
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