Earlier this year U.S. News and World Report published the health rankings of US communities. In the report, Routt County is ranked as the 8th healthiest community in the nation and as the country’s highest-performing rural community. How’s that for a leg up!

Population health, equity, education, economy, housing, food and nutrition, environment, pubic safety, community vitality, and infrastructure were among the 80 indicators across 10 health-related categories used to rank over 3,000 counties. And while Routt County’s scores landed it a place at the top of the charts, the data also sheds light on areas that can be improved upon. For most locals, it didn’t come as a surprise that Routt County’s lowest score was in housing.

Where we live has profound effects on our overall health and that is why creating place is at the center of the WSN mission. Real neighborhoods maintain community diversity and vitality. Attainable homes allow people to live in the community where they work, to volunteer and serve on boards, and to be active in their children’s activities. Walkable communities that are well-connected to the trail system and local transit reduce traffic and air pollution and raise quality of life. Thoughtful design elements like front porches, shared greens, and sidewalks encourage neighbors to know and care about one another – all of this adding to quality of life and ultimately, perhaps, health and longevity.

What part of your daily life makes you feel healthier? How could it be improved? We’d love to hear from you. CONNECT WITH US.