Hunterdon and Morris counties among top 25 healthiest communities in United States
NEW JERSEY – Hunterdon and Morris counties have been ranked among the top 25 healthiest counties in the country, according to US News and World Report, in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation.
Hunterdon County was ranked 15th and and Morris County was ranked 22nd.
“Knowing how such factors interact to create a healthier community – or a sicker one – is an important first step toward targeting resources where they’ll do the most good. And geography offers a powerful lens through which to focus reform,” the report said.
The 2020 Healthiest Communities rankings highlight this fact by measuring nearly 3,000 U.S. counties and county equivalents across 84 factors that form and define the health of a community and its residents, in 10 categories ranging from the economy and public safety to education, food and nutrition, and housing. Communities are scored on a 100-point scale based on their performance relative to one another across metrics and categories, and are ranked based on those scores.
Other New Jersey counties that ranked on the list include Somerset County at 44th, Sussex County at 143rd, Bergen County at 188th, Burlington County at 267th, and Monmouth County at 409th.
Los Alamos County, New Mexico, was ranked No. 1 and Columbia County, New York was ranked No. 500.