Map Of Colorado

File photo. Photo Credit: 200mm (iStock).

Home to plenty of sunshine, ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, and a local culture that encourages an active lifestyle, Coloradans tend to be among some of the healthiest Americans. In fact, the state is regularly ranked as one of the healthiest in the nation, making it no surprise that some metro areas also rank highly among the country's largest cities when it comes to health.

In a recent ranking published by WalletHub, Denver was ranked as the 10th healthiest city in the country on a list topped by San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland. Denver's high ranking was driven by a 6th place rank in overall fitness – a data point that included factors like how many adults engage in physical activity, how many people have fitness club memberships, and a general 'well-being' rank.

Denver also performed fairly well when it came to local food offerings and amount of available green space, ranking 15th and 12th in those categories, respectively.

Also ranked on the list of 182 American cities were Colorado Springs and Aurora. The Springs ranked at 54th, followed closely by Aurora in 55th. Similar to Denver, both rankings were driven by high scores in physical fitness. Colorado Springs ranked 9th among the states in this category and Aurora ranked 18th.

The least healthy city included in this analysis was Brownsville, Texas, which ranked 182 of 182 in both 'health care' and 'food' categories and 181 or 182 in both' fitness' and 'green space'.

Read more about WalletHub's methodology here.

Director of Content and Operations

Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run.


Get OutThere

Signup today for free and be the first to get notified on new updates.

(2) comments


This is absolutely laughable, San Francisco on top of the list of the healthiest cities in the US? I guess there is a liberal journalist conk going around to ask all the people in Pacific Heights, or in Sea Cliff whether they are a member of a fitness club, or whether they are walking in Golden Gate Park,while at the same time disregarding all the homeless people South of Market, or the tenderloin district, they disregard all the people pooping in the streets in the Castro district are, not to speak of all the needles discarded by the junkies and the rats playing in Union Square, we know now who determined what city is o the list.


Right on!! Good points!!

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.