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Douglas County released its 2020 3rd Quarter Economic Development Report.  Some of the highlights include:

  • Parker ranked No. 2 on’s “2020 Best Places to Live in America” list. The ranking criteria was shifted to pay more attention to cities that show great promise and stability for the foreseeable future, factoring in employment, housing, cost of living, diversity, health and safety, and education, among other factors. The list cited Parker’s strong economy, income, and health and safety considerations as reasons for its high ranking.


  • Castle Rock ranked No. 34 on’s “Top 100 Best Places to Live in America.” The ranking analyzed more than 1,000 small to mid-size cities on factors including safety, affordability, economic stability, outdoor recreation, accessibility, community engagement, and a new metric called “opportunity score”. This new metric determined each city’s landscape of opportunity, including variables like job count, broadband access, economic resilience, and growth.


  • Healthgrades released its list of Specialty Excellence hospitals for 2021 and Colorado hospitals ranked in 13 of the 16 categories. The report looked at specific data for each service line, including mortality and in-hospital complications. Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker received an award for critical care and Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree received awards in eight of the 16 specialty areas ranked and was included on the “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Specialty Care” list.

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