DENVER (CBS) – Where are the healthiest places in the United States live? It turns out most are located in Virginia and Colorado, according to a new ranking from U.S. News and World Report.
Falls Church, Virginia, topped the list of healthiest communities across the country, followed by Douglas County, Colorado, and Broomfield County, Colorado. Seven of the top 10 counties were located in those two states.
The report, published on Monday, was done in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation.
To come up with the rankings, researchers scored nearly 3,000 communities across 80 metrics evaluating community health. These were broken down into several categories, including population health (which looked at access to care, health behaviors and outcomes, and), education, housing, economy, infrastructure, food availability and nutrition, the environment, and public safety.
Falls Church nabbed the top spot with strong ratings in high-quality health care, housing, and public safety. The city, which was first settled more than 300 years ago and is now a prosperous suburb of Washington, D.C., is home to one of the strongest school systems and lowest poverty rates in the nation.
Colorado’s Douglas and Broomfield counties, which are both part of the greater Denver metro area, also scored high in measures of economy, infrastructure, and overall population health. Thein Douglas County is nearly six years higher than the national average.
Below are the top 20 healthiest communities in the U.S., according to the new rankings:
1. Falls Church city, Virginia
2. Douglas County, Colorado
3. Broomfield County, Colorado
4. Los Alamos County, New Mexico
5. Dukes County, Massachusetts
6. Fairfax city, Virginia
7. Hamilton County, Indiana
8. Routt County, Colorado
9. Ouray County, Colorado
10. Loudoun County, Virginia
11. Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
12. Delaware County, Ohio
13. Carver County, Minnesota
14. Sublette County, Wyoming
15. Washington County, Minnesota
16. Rockingham County, New Hampshire
17. Grand County, Colorado
18. Norfolk County, Massachusetts
19. Teton County, Wyoming
20. Howard County, Maryland
For the complete list and to see how your community stacks up, check out the full report.