Douglas County ranked second healthiest community in America

U.S. News and World Report's rankings are based on a variety of factors

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In a report based on 84 indicators, Douglas County has been ranked the second healthiest community in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. 

Six other Colorado counties ranked in the top 10. Los Alamos, New Mexico, ranked first.

Last year, Douglas County was ranked the No. 1 healthiest community in the country. U.S. News and World Report collaborates with Aetna Foundation to create the report.

“In a year of unprecedented public health emphasis, this exceptional distinction reminds us how well-positioned Douglas County citizens are to remain healthy and thrive,” County Commissioner Abe Laydon said in a news release from the county.

The news organization looks at almost 3,000 counties and uses 84 indicators in 10 categories to make determinations. Factors include community vitality, economy, education, environment, food and nutrition, housing, infrastructure and public safety, but the most heavily weighted categories are population health and equity, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Douglas County earned a score of 95.5 in the “population health” category. Life expectancy in the county is ranked at 83.7 years, which is almost six years higher than the national average. 

More details on the county’s ranking and various scores are available at usnews.com.

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