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The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index: How 5 Colorado Cities Stack Up

First Posted: 03/28/11 11:50 PM ET   Updated: 05/28/11 06:12 AM ET

Colorado is the fifth healthiest state in the nation, according to the 2010 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Survey. That's in the top five in country, with only Hawaii, Wyoming, North Dakota and Arkansas ranking higher. In 2009 Colorado only ranked 9th in the nation.

The survey rates cities across six categories: life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behavior, work environment and basic access (such as access to a doctor, clean water, affordable foods, etc.). Across all categories except life evaluation and basic needs, Colorado made improvements.

The five cities the survey rated in Colorado are: Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Greeley, and Denver.

See how 5 Colorado cities ranked in the 2010 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index:

#1 Boulder
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The city of Boulder's rank improved in all but two categories from 2009-2010. Out of 188 cities in Colorado, Boulder is still ranked first in the overall well-being category. In the emotional health category, Boulder went from 35th to 2nd place in the state (2009-2010), but went down in the work environment and basic access categories.

Overall City Rank: 1st
Life Evaluation: 3rd
Emotional Health: 2nd
Physical Health: 1st
Healthy Behavior: 4th
Work Environment: 9th
Basic Access: 15th
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