Consumer agency names Ridgeland ‘fittest’ in state


Ridgeland has been named among Mississippi’s fittest cities by a nationally top-rated consumer insurance comparison agency.

City spokesman Mary Beth McCullouch said the city is pleased to announce being selected as Insurify’s 2021 Fittest Cities Award for Mississippi. She said that this is the first time Ridgeland has been recognized by this particular organization. 

An avid cyclist himself, Mayor Gene F. McGee said his administration has always sought to provide excellent recreational facilities and outlets available to the public. He said the city appreciated being recognized once again for its efforts to improve public health. 

“I am proud to say that Ridgeland has once again been nationally recognized for its commitment to provide recreational facilities to promote healthier lifestyles for our citizens,” McGee said. “Our commitment to encourage health and fitness in Ridgeland is never-ending. From children’s activities to senior adult programs, the City strives to accommodate all ages.”

Ridgeland was chosen for this award based on its commitment to supporting the community’s health and fitness. 

Insurify developed an algorithm using data collected by them, The Trust for Public Land and Niche, a ranking website, to identify the top city in each state.

According to Snejina Zachira, CEO of Insurify, the data scientists at Insurify analyzed cities in each state for the availability and accessibility of outdoor recreation facilities and for the proportion of community members working in jobs that promote health and fitness or that demand significant physical activities.

“This award honors the cities that invest in the health of their communities by promoting accessibility to outdoor spaces for their residents,” Zachira said. “We applaud these cities for their demonstrated commitment to supporting public fitness-friendly spaces.”

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