Colorado's 64 counties were ranked based on factors like high school graduation rates, tobacco use, access to healthy food as well as teen births and obesity.
Credit County Health Rankings / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
People in Northern Colorado counties are healthier than in most other parts of the state.
That's the finding of an annual report which ranked Colorado’s 64 counties based on factors like high school graduation rates, tobacco use, access to healthy food as well as teen births and obesity. Broomfield County came in second and Boulder County ranked third. Larimer rose to 10th place from their 2014 position, while Weld County ranked 35th.
Douglas County ranked No. 1 in the health factors analysis, just as it was in the most recent Kids Count report. Denver was toward the bottom at 48th.
Old Town Square in downtown Fort Collins is getting a major facelift. The $3 million project will add updated amenities to the 30-year-old core of the city. Funding came in part from the city's downtown development authority which committed $1.9 million in bonds and tax increment.
In existence since 1981, the DDA has seen Old Town transformed from a vacant, rundown area to the city's main hot spot.
At one point, the downtown was the cultural and business center of Greeley, Colorado. Over time though, the population moved west toward the mountains and I-25 - and businesses followed. A downtown development authority was formed in 1998 to stem the tide, to overcome the perception that the downtown was dead.
Now it appears that the city center is starting to turn that final corner of revitalization.
Voters in downtown Loveland will soon be casting a ballot in a special election on whether to create a downtown development authority. Proponents believe an authority to fund development will help the downtown thrive.
Trends show more and more people want a downtown experience, so it may be the perfect time.