Can you guess which state's residents have the lowest resting heart rate? If you guessed California (as I did,) you'd be wrong.

Resting heart rate is the measurement you get when you take your pulse during a period of non-activity, such as when you're sitting or lying down. For a healthy adult, a range of 60 to 100 beats per minute (bpm) is considered a healthy resting heart rate. An elite athlete might have a resting heart rate closer to 40 bpm. A low resting heart rate is considered a predictor of health because it means that the heart is not working as hard to pump blood through the body while at rest.

Thanks to our modern compulsion with wearable fitness gadgets, there's a treasure trove of data that can be used to compare and contrast fitness levels for different genders, age groups and location. Resting heart rate is just one of the many facets of health that is quantified.

So which states have the fittest residents according to their resting heart rate, according to Fitbit data? Hawaii is the big winner, followed by Massachusetts, and South Dakota. California did make the top 10, rolling in at #6. Here's the list:

  1. Hawaii: 66.031 bpm
  2. Massachusetts: 66.868 bpm
  3. South Dakota: 67.035 bpm
  4. New York: 67.211 bpm
  5. Vermont: 67.213 bpm
  6. Delaware: 67.218 bpm
  7. Utah: 67.257bpm
  8. California: 67.319 bpm
  9. Minnesota: 67.34 bpm
  10. Connecticut: 67.38 bpm

And which states had the least healthy hearts, based on residents' resting heart rates? Here's that top 10 list:

  1. Mississippi: 68.687 bpm
  2. Arkansas: 68.588 bpm
  3. Louisiana: 68.586 bpm
  4. Tennessee: 68.513 bpm
  5. Alabama: 68.508 bpm
  6. West Virginia: 68.41 bpm
  7. Oklahoma: 68.23 bpm
  8. Georgia: 68.227 bpm
  9. Ohio: 68.197 bpm
  10. Texas: 68.137 bpm
  11. Kentucky: 68.112 bpm

Want to see where you fit in? To measure your heart rate, check your pulse by placing your index and third fingers on your radial artery. (The radial artery is located between the bone and tendon on the thumb-side of your wrist.) Count the number of beats you feel in 15 seconds and multiply by four to calculate your heart rate in bpm.

Remember, there are lots of factors that can affect your heart rate such as air temperature, mood, dehydration and fitness level. But if you're concerned about your resting heart rate, be sure to check with your healthcare provider to make sure your ticker is in good shape.

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