Tallahassee is the nation’s 12th best swim city, beating out cities such as Los Angeles, Denver and Indianapolis in a 2015 study by USA Swimming and Speedo.
Florida’s Capital City ranked high in the Top 50 list because of its impressive swim facilities and high-caliber programs for recreational, fitness and competitive swimming. Those include Florida State University’s Morcom Aquatic Center, eight pools and aquatic centers operated by Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs and the Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club.
Jacksonville, at No. 46, was the only other Florida city ranked. The nearest out-of-state city on the list is Atlanta.
“The top swim cities showcase what’s great about the sport of swimming, from strong community involvement to accessibility and Olympic champions,” said Matt Farrell, Chief Marketing Officer for USA Swimming. “We hope this list inspires more kids and families to get involved.”
The swim cities were ranked by percentage of active swimmers and swim clubs, number of accessible pools, and volume of top-level swimmers from the area. Tallahassee surged upward in the list, raising from No. 27 to No. 12, due to a dramatic increase in the number of top-qualifiers in competitive swimming.
The study was commissioned by USA Swimming and Speedo in partnership with SRi and Sports Marketing Surveys, the official research provider to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.