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How Healthy are Coloradans?

How Healthy are Coloradans?

Colorado and american flags blowing in the wind | How Healthy are Coloradans?Colorado has long been thought of as a sportsman’s paradise. It offers year-round outdoor activities for nearly everyone, from running to snow skiing. Residents of Colorado also consider themselves to be health conscious. But how healthy are Coloradans when compared to other states?

U.S. News determined which states were the healthiest by comparing several different metrics, including: infant mortality rates, mortality rates, obesity rates, smoking rates, suicide rates, and mental health. They found that a state’s economic profile was a good indicator of its population’s overall health, since poverty often prevents maintaining good health.

Luckily, Colorado did make this list! They ranked 9th in overall healthiest states, just better than New Hampshire, but not as good as Rhode Island. How did we measure?

  • Obesity rate was 20.2%
  • Mortality rate was 665 per 100,000
  • Infant mortality rate was 4.79 per 1,000 live births
  • Suicide rate was 20.2 per 1,000 people
  • Cigarette smokers were 15.6%

Unfortunately, Colorado placed in the bottom five states for its suicide rate and mental health. However, we had one of the lowest share of obese residents and one of the lowest mortality rates in the country.

The top 10 healthiest states were:

  1. Hawaii
  2. New Jersey
  3. California
  4. New York
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Connecticut
  7. Minnesota
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Colorado
  10. New Hampshire

Hawaii was the healthiest state in the nation, largely due to the lowest mortality rate, the second lowest obesity rate, and the third best mental health. Hawaii also placed 2nd for health care access, which may be why they scored so well in overall health.

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Safest States in the Country

While Colorado may be one of the healthiest states in the country, it is not the safest by far. In a recent study published by U.S. News, Colorado ranked 24th in safest states. To determine this, they looked at both the violent crime rate and the property rate in each state, measured by the FBI. Colorado ranked 28th in the nation for property crime and 23rd for violent crime.

What About Car Accidents?

In 2013, Allstate released their Best Driver’s Report and Northern Colorado claimed the top spot as having the best drivers in the country. The average driver in Fort Collins, Colorado crashed every 13.9 years, while drivers in Washington D.C. crashed once every 4.8 years.

Yet even though Colorado drivers are better drivers than others, accidents still unfortunately happen.

At Hull & Zimmerman, we want everyone in Colorado to lead happy, long, and healthy lives. That’s why we work tirelessly to promote safety in and around Northern Colorado. Whether you are bicycling to work or walking to the park with your children, we want everyone to exercise caution especially on the road. Drivers need to pay attention, put the phone down, and drive responsibly to avoid serious and fatal car accidents.

Unfortunately, even when using the best caution, accidents can still occur. If you or someone you love is injured in an accident because of another person’s negligence, the personal injury attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman can help.

Contact Our Experienced Broomfield Personal Injury Lawyers

The Broomfield, CO product liability lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, PCAt Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., our committed personal injury lawyers are dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves justice. Contact us at (303) 423-1770 or (866) 385-3505.

Our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience representing injured accident victims in Broomfield, Arvada, Superior, Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Brighton, Commerce City, Northglenn, Westminster, Thornton, Longmont, and throughout Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 

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