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Denver is America’s 10th Least Obese City

The obesity epidemic is one the most serious health problems in America today. The incidence of obesity has more than tripled since 1980 among children aged 2 to 19 years and has increased substantially among the rest of the population. Today, 27.0% of adults are obese. In the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area, 19.7% of adults are […]

Colorado is America’s 10th Healthiest State

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Denver Residents Live Longer Than Average American

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO metro area, life expectancy is 79.9 years at birth, greater than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Colorado, life expectancy […]

Colorado is America’s 8th Best Run State

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Homeownership Rate in Denver Similar to Nation

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area, 62.9% of residents own their homes, similar to the national homeownership rate and the third lowest of any metro area in Colorado. Young Americans are […]

Poverty Rate in Denver Below National Level

An estimated 10.3% of residents in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area live below the poverty line, a smaller share than both the national poverty rate of 14.7% and the state’s poverty rate of 11.5%. Denver has the lowest poverty rate of any Colorado metro area. A high school education can mean the difference between living above […]

Why Students in Colorado Graduate College With Less Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Why Denver Residents Spend More Time Commuting

The average resident of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area spends 27.7 minutes commuting to work, longer than both the national average of 26.4 minutes and the statewide average of 25.4 minutes. Denver residents have the longest commute of any metro area in Colorado. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the distance to […]

Denver Residents Less Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 14.6% of adults in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area smoke, lower than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 15.7% statewide smoking rate. The Denver smoking rate is the third lowest in Colorado. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United […]

Denver’s Robbery Rate No Higher Than the Average U.S. City

The FBI defines robbery as the taking, or the attempted taking, of anything of value from someone by force, threat of violence, or fear. Most robberies involve the use of a firearm and yield $1,190 worth of goods on average. There were 327,374 robberies reported nationwide in 2015 — 102 per 100,000 Americans. Crime and […]

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