Wilcox Building Construction Notice: The west doors of the Wilcox Building, located at 301 Wilcox Street in Castle Rock, will be limited to ADA/ramp access ONLY from August 9 to 25. All other visitors to the Wilcox Building will need to use the alternate entrances during construction.
From hundreds of miles of trails to hike, bike or explore on horseback, to more than 63,000 acres of protected Open Space to explore throughout Douglas County, citizens here have plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities all year long.
The second annual Healthiest Communities report and accompanying analysis are based on an evaluation of nearly 3,000 communities nationwide across 81 health-related metrics in 10 categories, from education and population health to transportation infrastructure and environment, and housing and public safety.
Douglas County also ranked top in the U.S. in the same report for criteria evaluating peer group rankings for Urban, High Performing communities in 10 categories that drive health outcomes, on a scale of zero to 100.
Key findings for Douglas County, according to the statement from U.S. News and Aetna state: “This Denver suburb is among the top healthiest communities in the Country, in at least four of the 81 measures including physical activity, educational attainment, and median household income.”
“The notoriety of being ranked as the Healthiest Community in the U.S. is first a tribute to the residents of Douglas County – from all the cities, towns and unincorporated areas of the County – who choose to live, work and play here,” said Lora Thomas, Douglas County Commissioner and Board Chair.
“From hundreds of miles of trails to hike, bike or explore on horseback to more than 63,000 acres of protected Open Space to explore throughout Douglas County, there are plenty of reminders countywide of how blessed we are not only to live here, but to be of service to the citizens and taxpayers of Douglas County,” added County Commissioner Abe Laydon.
In addition to assessing which communities offer their citizens the greatest opportunity to live a productive, healthy life, the Healthiest Communities Project serves as a tool to inform residents, health care leaders and elected officials about policies and best practices that help drive better health outcomes.
Seven communities in Colorado rank among the top 20: Douglas County (1), Broomfield County (5), Chaffee County (11), Routt County (14), San Miguel County (17), Pitkin County (19) and Boulder County (20). In those seven counties, nearly all adults exercise and only about a quarter missed their annual wellness checkup. Across all its counties, Colorado has the highest average score in the country in the Environment category, which includes measures of natural amenities and air and water quality.
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