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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 […]

Denver is the Drunkest City in Colorado

Alcohol abuse cost the United States $250 billion in 2010, according to a 2015 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These costs include health care expenses associated with alcohol consumption as well as estimated lost productivity. Binge drinking was related to three-quarters of the total cost. Residents of different states report different […]

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 is Among the Top 25% of Cities Where Insurance Coverage Rates Are Soaring

Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, millions of Americans have gained health insurance coverage. The national uninsured rate declined from 16.3% in 2010 to 9.1% in 2015 — the first time in U.S. history more than 90% of Americans have had health insurance. The vast majority of U.S. metropolitan areas reported an […]

Colorado Has Fewer McDonald’s Than Most States

McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) is the largest fast-food hamburger chain in America with nearly 16,000 locations nationwide. In areas that have the most McDonald’s per capita, the population tends to have higher rates of obesity and heart disease. While a direct connection cannot be made between McDonald’s and negative health outcomes, areas with clusters of fast-food […]

Colorado Has a Higher Vaccination Rate Than Most States

Despite longstanding recommendations to vaccinate, preventable infectious diseases are still a major cause of disability and death in the United States. The current immunization schedule saves 33,000 lives, prevents 14 million cases of disease, and saves tens of billions of dollars in health care costs a year. While progress has been achieved, still an estimated […]

Colorado is the 6th Best State for Healthy Retirement

The number of senior citizens living in the United States is expected to double in the next 25 years. The aging baby boom generation and improved medical technology will lead to significant increased demand for health care, palliative care, and other industries specifically tailored to the aging population. Some states are likely better prepared than […]

Colorado Has a Lower Skin Cancer Rate Than Most States

An estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Diagnosis rates of melanoma — one of the most common and deadly forms of skin cancer — doubled in the United States between 1982 and 2011. Meanwhile, skin cancer treatment cost Americans $8.1 billion a year from 2007 to 2011, more than […]

Denver is Healthier Than Most American Cities

At 78.5 years, life expectancy in the United States, while trailing several dozen other countries, has continuously risen in the past century. Leading this upward trajectory are the 25 healthiest U.S. cities. These cities span 14 states and are located across multiple regions, from the Northeast to the Southwest — yet most share several common […]

Denver is Among the Drunkest 15% of Cities in America

Alcohol poisoning and alcohol-related liver diseases are major contributors to the recently identified spike in mortality among middle aged, white Americans. Alcohol is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States, claiming nearly 88,000 lives a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Across the country, the share […]

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