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Colorado's healthiest counties are Douglas, Broomfield and Boulder counties, new report says

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Posted at 6:08 AM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 08:08:02-04

A new report from CountyHealthRankings.org says the healthiest counties in Colorado are Douglas, Broomfield and Boulder counties.

"When we look at the county heath rankings, we're looking first at the rankings of how long you live and how well you live, and these counties are all doing very well there," said Julie Willems Van Dijk, Director, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The report looked at more than 30 factors including poverty, education, transportation, housing, and jobs. All factors that influence how long and how well people live, researchers said.

Here's how Colorado's counties ranked:

  1. Douglas
  2. Broomfield
  3. Boulder
  4. Routt
  5. Eagle
  6. Pitkin
  7. San Miguel
  8. Summit
  9. Larimer
  10. Elbert
  11. Jefferson
  12. Grand
  13. Garfield
  14. Park
  15. La Plata
  16. Arapahoe
  17. Weld
  18. Chaffee
  19. Gunnison
  20. Washington
  21. Kit Carson
  22. Lincoln
  23. Rio Blanco
  24. Archuleta
  25. Mesa
  26. Yuma
  27. Sedgwick
  28. Ouray
  29. Morgan
  30. Phillips
  31. Custer
  32. Logan
  33. El Paso
  34. Gilpin
  35. Clear Creek
  36. Adams
  37. Moffat
  38. Denver
  39. Montrose
  40. Fremont
  41. Lake
  42. Prowers
  43. Teller
  44. Montezuma
  45. Delta
  46. Dolores
  47. Rio Grande
  48. Bent
  49. Las Animas
  50. Baca
  51. Pueblo
  52. Conejos
  53. Saguache
  54. Alamosa
  55. Otero
  56. Crowley
  57. Huerfano
  58. Costilla

Researchers said sometime rural counties struggle with health issues.

"We think about rural counties as clean air, clean water," Van Dijk explained. "But they often have problems attracting jobs, they may have infrastructure issues, they don't have broadband so its harder to attract jobs. Sometimes harder to keep health care providers."

Six counties were not ranked -- San Juan, Cheyenne, Hinsdale, Jackson, Kiowa and Mineral. Researchers did not say why.