Population health

How healthy is your community? U.S. News will tell you

Areas in Colorado and Virginia scored high on US News’ list of the healthiest places to live in the country.

With the aim of arming local, public health and federal officials with information that would allow them to make decisions to improve population health, editors at U.S. News & World Report recently undertook an ambitious project—evaluating the health of nearly 3,000 American counties.

For the project, researchers scored counties in roughly 80 indicators, giving the heaviest weight to population health and equity. The publication recently published a list of the top 500 healthiest communities in America.

Four counties in Colorado and three areas of Virginia made the top 10 list:

  1. Falls Church city, Virginia
  2. Douglas County, Colorado
  3. Broomfield County, Colorado
  4. Los Alamos County, New Mexico
  5. Dukes County, Massachusetts
  6. Fairfax city, Virginia
  7. Hamilton County, Indiana
  8. Routt County, Colorado
  9. Ouray County, Colorado
  10. Loudoun County, Virginia

To see whether your community landed on the list and where it ranked, view the entire rankings list at U.S. News & World Report.

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