Boulder County ranks among the healthiest counties in Colorado, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute’s 2015 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report.
While Boulder ranked fourth for health outcomes among Colorado counties, it ranked third for health factors. Health outcomes is based on an equal weighting of length and quality of life, and health-factor rankings are based on weighted scores for health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.
Douglas County performed best of all Colorado counties, ranking first for health factors and second for health outcomes. Pitkin County ranked first for health outcomes and fourth for health factors.
The report helps communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their homes, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what is known about what is making people sick or healthy.
The rankings also help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live, as well as look at a variety of measures that affect the future health of communities such as high school graduation rates, access to healthy foods, rates of smoking, obesity and teen births.
Here’s a look at the rankings of counties along the Front Range, according to the report:
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