Kids ride mini tractors at the Teton County Fair in Jackson, Wyoming, in 2009. Teton County was ranked the sixth-healthiest U.S. community in U.S. News & World Report’s Healthiest Communities rankings, scoring high on population health, environment and infrastructure measures. Photo by DieselDemon, via Flickr/Creative Commons bit.ly/creativecommons2

Kids ride mini tractors at the Teton County Fair in Jackson, Wyoming, in 2009. Teton County was ranked the sixth-healthiest U.S. community in U.S. News & World Report’s Healthiest Communities rankings, scoring high on population health, environment and infrastructure measures. Photo by DieselDemon, via Flickr/Creative Commons bit.ly/creativecommons2

Earlier this year, Douglas County, Colorado, was tapped as the healthiest community in the country, moving up from its previous spot at No. 2.

“We give all the credit to our citizens for their healthy choices,” Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas told The Nation’s Health.

In March, U.S. News & World Report and the Aetna Foundation released their second annual Healthiest Communities report, evaluating nearly 3,000 U.S. communities across 81 health-related metrics in 10 categories, ultimately putting Douglas County in the top spot.

Following the Colorado community in the top five were Los Alamos County, New Mexico; the city of Falls Church, Virginia; Loudoun County, Virginia; and Broomfield County, Colorado. Seven Colorado communities ranked among the top 20, while Iowa had the biggest presence in the rankings, with 62 counties making the top 500.

To continue reading this story from the June 2019 issue of The Nation’s Health, visit the newspaper online.