“50 Top Swim Cities, Presented by Speedo” Ranks the Country’s
Most Swim-Friendly Communities
Thousand Oaks is the No. 30 swim city in America, according to a new study commissioned by USA Swimming and leading swimwear brand Speedo. Scores were based on the highest aggregate in categories such as percentage of active swimmers and swim clubs, number of accessible pools and volume of top-level swimmers from the area.
The 50 Top Swim Cities, presented by Speedo, ranked Ann Arbor, Michigan first, followed by San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut; San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont; Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado; Madison, Wisconsin; Austin-Round Rock, Texas; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, and Indianapolis-Carmel.
“The swimming community is the core of the Speedo brand and we are proud to recognize these 50 cities for their leadership in the sport,” said Speedo USA President Jim Gerson. “These cities – and all the swimmers in each – are terrific ambassadors for our sport and an example of how, and why, participation in swimming continues to grow.”
The ranking index was developed through a comparison of each city’s swim-related attributes relative to the overall U.S. population. Key elements included the number of current USA swimming members, number of masters swimmers and number of USA swimming clubs. The study also looked at the number of qualifying swimmers for high level competitions like the Speedo Champions Series, Speedo Junior Nationals, Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships, Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games, as well as Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) participation data, including the numbers of competitive and fitness swimmers, and the number of swim facilities open to the public in each city.
The complete list of the 50 Top Swim Cities can be found at: www.usaswimming.org/50TopSwimCities. To find out more about swimming and access resources to locate a nearby swim club, go to: www.swimtoday.org.
The research 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.