U.S. County Health Rankings

How healthy is your community?  Find out.

The following link takes you to an interactive application that ranks your county within your State in the United States of America.

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http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/

“The County Health Rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, measure the health of nearly all counties in the nation and rank them within states. The Rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources. These measures are standardized and combined using scientifically-informed weights.

“Counties in each of the 50 states are ranked according to summaries of a variety of health measures. Those having high ranks, e.g. 1 or 2, are considered to be the “healthiest.” Counties are ranked relative to the health of other counties in the same state. We calculate and rank eight summary composite scores:

  • Overall Health Outcomes
  • Health Outcomes – Length of life
  • Health Outcomes – Quality of life
  • Overall Health Factors
  • Health Factors – Health behaviors
  • Health Factors – Clinical care
  • Health Factors – Social and economic factors
  • Health Factors – Physical environment 

“The County Health Rankings are compiled from many different types of data. To calculate the ranks, we first standardize each of the measures. The ranks are then calculated based on weighted sums of the standardized measures within each state. The county with the lowest score (best health) gets a rank of #1 for that state and the county with the highest score (worst health) is assigned a rank corresponding to the number of places we rank in that state.”

Learn more about how we calculate scores and ranks.

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