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:
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
Close behind Boulder, Fort Collins ranked 3rd in the overall well-being category--and has made big overall improvements since last year when it only ranked 71st in the state. Fort Collins now has the second highest physical health rating in the state and ranked high in basic access. Overall city rank: 3 Life Evaluation: 7 Emotional Health: 12 Physical Health: 2 Healthy Behavior: 12 Work Environment: 17 Basic Access: 5
Denver ranked 36 in the overall well-being category, which is better than last year when it ranked 55th. Life evaluation dropped by 9 points however, but over the past year Denver also improved in the physical health and healthy behavior categories by over 20 points. In terms of emotional health, Denver improved by 97 points. Overall city rank: 36 Life Evaluation: 80 Emotional Health: 21 Physical health: 20 Healthy Behavior: 40 Work Environment: 82 Basic Access: 55
Colorado Springs is the 75th healthiest city according to the Well-Being Index, a drop from when it was ranked 35th just last year. Over the past year it dropped 71 points in the life evaluation category, 42 points in the physical health category, and 8 points in the healthy behavior category. Overall City Rank: 75 (35) Life Evaluation: 85 (14) Emotional Health: 38 (74) Physical Health: 106 (64) Healthy Behavior: 35 (27) Work Environment: 119 (131) Basic Access: 95 (78)
Nearer the bottom in the ranking is Greeley. The city ranks among the 5th quintile of the United States. Numbers from the previous year were not available. Overall City Rank: 164 Life Evaluation: 126 Emotional Health: 158 Physical Health: 89 Healthy Behavior: 96 Work Environment: 186 Basic Access: 122