12 New York counties among healthiest communities in 2022: US News

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NEW YORK — Twelve counties in the Empire State are among the healthiest communities in the United States, according to a new ranking from US News & World Report.

The fifth annual report, released Wednesday in conjunction with CVS Health, highlights the 500 healthiest counties nationwide.

The New York counties in the top 500, with their ranking, were:

  • Saratoga County, #60
  • Nassau County, #98
  • Putnam County, No. 176
  • Westchester County, No. 219
  • Madison County, #271
  • Ontario County, No. 293
  • Suffolk County, No. 342
  • Warren County, #357
  • New York County, No. 365
  • Rockland County, #435
  • Albany County, #444
  • Rensselaer County, No. 472

To rank the counties, US News looked at the performance of nearly 3,000 US counties on 89 measures in 10 health-related categories, including an environmental category new to this year’s list. The new category was included to help address the growing threat of climate change.

The categories are based on key factors for assessing community health that were identified by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics – a policy advisory board to the head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – as part of its community health measurement framework. and well-being.

US News collected data for its ranking from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Census Bureau, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the US Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

Learn more about the rankings methodology.

Using natural disaster data from FEMA’s National Risk Index – the Federal Emergency Management Agency – US News found in this year’s analysis that Indigenous peoples are most at risk from natural hazards. They have higher risks of prolonged periods of colder temperatures, droughts, flooding in rivers and streams and wildfires compared to other racial and ethnic groups, the analysis showed.

Black people are more at risk from heat waves, hurricanes, tornadoes and coastal flooding than any other demographic, according to the analysis, and earthquakes pose the highest risk to Native Hawaiians and other North American Islanders. Peaceful.

Tornadoes pose the highest risk to the general population in the United States and pose a particular threat to white, black and Hispanic populations, according to the analysis.

The ranking also revealed links between the top performers on the list and health outcomes related to COVID-19. Communities with higher cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people have lower post-secondary education rates, lower life expectancies and lower proportions of adults who have recently engaged in leisure-time physical activity, the report showed. ‘to analyse. Communities with higher vaccination rates also had lower death rates from COVID-19.

Here are the 10 healthiest communities in the United States, as ranked:

  1. Los Alamos County, New Mexico
  2. Church in Falls, Virginia
  3. Douglas County, Colorado
  4. Morgan County, Utah
  5. Carver County, Minnesota
  6. Sioux County, Iowa
  7. Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
  8. Hamilton County, Indiana
  9. Broomfield County, Colorado
  10. Delaware County, Ohio

US News also ranked several subgroups of communities, including high-performing and promising urban communities, and high-performing and promising rural communities.

Other key findings from the 2022 report:

  • Four of the top 20 are in northern Virginia: No. 2 Falls Church, No. 12 Loudoun County, No. 13 Arlington County, and No. 17 Fairfax County.
  • For the second year in a row, Iowa counties are the most represented in the top 500, with 57 counties in the state making the list after 61 last year. Minnesota was next with 52 counties in the top 500.
  • Rhode Island, Iowa and Minnesota were the states with the highest median overall scores in their counties, while Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas had the lowest median overall scores.
  • Communities with lower scores in the mental health subcategory tend to have lower life expectancies, lower median household incomes and lower labor force participation, as well as poverty rates higher.
  • Rural communities are more likely to have higher proportions of adults reporting frequent mental distress, and urban communities are more likely to have higher proportions of Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with depression.

Check out the full ranking of this year’s 500 Healthiest Communities.

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