Eagle County was ranked 3rd for health outcomes across Colorado counties in the annual health rankings compiled by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute. The rankings attempt to grade counties across the country on two areas: health outcomes and the factors that influence health.
The ranking of counties’ health outcomes combines years of potential life lost from residents dying before age 75; the percentage of people reporting poor health; and the percentage of babies born too small. It correlates strongly with how prosperous a community is.
The health factors ranking includes measures of education and wealth; exposure to pollution; availability of health care; and behaviors like smoking and excessive drinking.