Live Here, Live Healthy: Douglas County Ranked 2nd Healthiest in the US

Way to go, Douglas County: you made the list! The results are in, and according to the annual ranking released by the U.S. News and World Report, Douglas County is the second healthiest place in the country to call home—among 500 counties considered. But this isn’t its first time on the list: Douglas County has ranked first or second place every year since 2018. 

The accolades for Douglas County continue to mount. In 2019, the town of Parker was named WalletHub’s best place to raise a family in Colorado (and 12th nationwide!). For residents of Pradera, situated between Parker and Castle Rock, these honors come as no surprise—they know Douglas County offers life-enhancing amenities that make this a spectacular place to live. 

Read on to discover why Douglas County earned the coveted ranking of second-healthiest county in the United States.

A Healthy Community Is a Strong Community 

The U.S. News and World Report assesses several factors when ranking counties’ health scores, including the cleanliness of the environment, the strength of the economy, and access to health care and education. Here are a few highlights from the assessment of Douglas County:

Quick Stats:
(out of 100 points)

99: Overall Score


100: economy (low unemployment, high median household income, low poverty)
90: population health (physical and mental health, access to health care, healthy behaviors)
90: infrastructure score (access to broadband, walkability)
81: environment score (clean water and air, proximity to parks, climate)
69: education (91% high school graduation rate, high rate of those with advanced degrees, part of the renowned Douglas County School District)
69: Food and nutrition: lower-than-national-average rates of diabetes and obesity

Recreation for All

Colorado offers recreational opportunities galore and an unbeatable climate in which to enjoy them. Douglas County boasts three state parks—Chatfield, Roxborough, and Castlewood Canyon—and much more, including the following:

  • Golfing: Hit the links at The Club at Pradera, situated at the heart of the community.
  • Biking & running: Get heart-healthy on the well-maintained Cherry Creek Regional Trail, a concrete and gravel greenway trail that winds 40 miles from Douglas County’s Franktown to Denver’s Confluence Park.
  • Boating & fishing: Paddle for pleasure or catch dinner at Chatfield State Park’s popular Chatfield Reservoir.
  • Hiking: Intriguing trails for all levels abound throughout the county, especially in Castlewood Canyon and Roxborough State Parks — and don’t forget to check off your list the trail up Castle Rock. 
  • Stair climbing: Reach for the sky at the 132-step Rueter-Hess Incline Challenge (it’s like ascending a nine-story building) or tackle Challenge Hill, a 200-step staircase built into the hill in Castle Rock’s Philip S. Miller Park’s Blue Loop trail.
  • Birding & Photography: Take a stroll among the inspiring red rocks of Roxborough State Park—a camera is a must!
  • Rock climbing: From bouldering to sport climbing, find gorgeous routes for all levels along Castlewood Canyon’s steep rock walls. 
  • Play: Giggle and chase the kids around the many neighborhood, community, and regional parks throughout the county, which feature playgrounds and sports fields.
  • Sports & camps: Join one of the many organized teams or enroll the kids in enriching camps offered at city-run recreation centers throughout the county.

Seeking a new home where a healthy lifestyle is a priority? Residents in the awe-inspiring Pradera community enjoy a convenient location and unbounded recreational opportunities, contributing to a high quality of life. Check it out today!

Nestled between Castle Rock and Parker, Pradera is a master-plannedcommunity primely situated for the best Colorado living has to offer. Featuring stunning custom homes on spacious homesites, residents enjoy a gorgeous setting with easy access to the conveniences of the nearby towns, all with just the right level of privacy and space to grow. Visit us today and see for yourself why Pradera is a healthy place to raise a family.

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