Where you live has a large impact on your health, research says. Do you agree?
By Lanning Taliaferro, Patch Staff | Mar 28, 2018 1:09 pm ET
Sixteen New York counties are ranked among the healthiest in the United States, according to an analysis released by U.S. News & World Report on Monday. And Putnam County tops the list.
The rankings, compiled in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation, present a list of the 500 healthiest American communities. U.S. News evaluated 3,000 counties across 10 categories to determine the rankings. The categories include: population health; equity; education; economy; housing; food and nutrition; environment; public safety; community vitality; and infrastructure.
Why is all that community data important?
“Research has shown that in the United States, your ZIP code is a greater predictor of your life expectancy than your genetic code,” Mark T. Bertolini, chairman of the Aetna Foundation and chairman and CEO of Aetna, said in a press release. “In other words, where you live has a significant impact on your overall health.”
Here are the New York counties that ranked among the 500 healthiest in the U.S.:
- Putnam County (No. 55)
- Saratoga County (No. 59)
- Nassau County (No. 179)
- Suffolk County (No. 180)
- Ontario County (No. 198)
- Warren County (No. 256)
- Essex County (No. 291)
- Rockland County (No. 309)
- Hamilton County (No. 338)
- Schuyler County (No. 377)
- Genesee County (No. 379)
- Albany County (No. 420)
- Madison County (No. 427)
- Tompkins County (No. 435)
- Tioga County (No. 442)
- Rensselaer County (No. 491)
Though not all counties were ranked nationally, all received scores.
- Putnam County received an overall score of 81.8.
- Rockland got an overall score of 70.3.
- Dutchess and Westchester counties each received an overall score of 65.
- Ulster received an overall score of 68.
- Orange got an overall score of 60.1.
The top 10 healthiest communities in the U.S. are:
- Falls Church City, Virginia
- Douglas County, Colorado
- Broomfield County, Colorado
- Los Alamos County, New Mexico
- Dukes County, Massachusetts
- Fairfax City, Virginia
- Hamilton County, Indiana
- Routt County, Colorado
- Ouray County, Colorado
- Loudoun County, Virginia
U.S. News collaborated with the University of Missouri Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES) to collect and analyze data.
Data was collected from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Kara Seymour and Paige McAtee contributed to this report.