It’s easy to make New Year’s resolutions. The hard part is keeping them. But before you blame yourself entirely for your previous lack of success, consider this: Your location may be setting you up for failure.

If you live in a neighborhood with no sidewalks or fitness centers nearby, for example, you may not feel as encouraged to exercise. The same goes if most of your restaurant options are limited to fast food – You may be less likely to eat healthy on days you dine out. These might sound like excuses to the boldest resolvers, but they genuinely can get in the way of self-improvement. That’s especially true if your motivation is low to begin with.

Estimates of the resolution failure rate are as high as 80 percent and 92 percent, depending on the survey. Regardless of the actual figure, a high number of people will fail at some point in the process and break the usual resolutions, such as “lose weight,” “save more” and “reduce stress.”

To help Americans stick to their 2019 goals, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 56 key metrics. The data set ranges from adult obesity to income growth to employment outlook.

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions in Austin (1=Best; 91=Avg.)

  • 53rd – % of Obese Adults
  • 6th – Gyms per Capita
  • 44th – % of Delinquent Debtors
  • 34th – Job Opportunities
  • 1st – Income Growth
  • 45th – Smoking Rate

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