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Study: The success of your New Year's resolution depends on where you live

Posted at 3:30 PM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 18:51:27-05

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — It's time to start thinking about your New Year's resolution.

A new WalletHub study reveals that your location may be setting you up for success or failure.


Source: WalletHub

At Sprockets Adventures in Port St. Lucie, it's the time after the holidays that's the busiest.

"We will be busy coming up," said Louis Patterelli, the owner of Sprockets Adventures. "People decide this is the time of year to start getting outside, enjoy the weather, get some exercise."

It's a new year and that means new goals for people like Ralph and Ginger Phillips, who are trading in old bikes they've traveled more than 30,000 miles on for new ones.

"We hope to ride 50 miles a week," Ralph Phillips said.

"Like everybody, we want to exercise, lose weight, eat better, be nicer," said Ginger Phillips.

A new WalletHub study ranked 2019's best and worst cities for keeping your New Year's resolutions.

In each city, the study ranked key metrics, everything from gyms per capita to income growth to employment outlook.

Even neighborhood sidewalks and the number of healthy places to eat played a role.

Port St. Lucie ranked a little more than 100 on the list for the best cities to keep your resolutions.

"I think that’s pretty cool, makes me hopeful," one Port St. Lucie resident told WPTV.

The city has more bike paths along with development, but many believe it's the sense of community that enables many people to succeed.

"It's remained a pretty friendly city for the most part," said Patterelli. "I lived in Lauderdale and people had blinders on for the most part."

"We have a pretty good retirement community here, and I do think people probably do carry through more," said Ralph Phillips.