Healthiest Counties in the US

Voro’s interactive map highlights the healthiest counties across the U.S. Using the map, you can look at the healthiest counties in the country or in each state. Zoom into a state and scroll over a county for more information on health factors such as life expectancy, smoking rate, obesity rate, activity rate, access to exercise, insurance coverage, access to medical care, and air pollution.


Methodology

Voro looked at data on several health factors to find the healthiest counties in the U.S. These factors include life expectancy, smoking rate, obesity rate, activity rate, access to exercise, insurance coverage, access to medical care, and air pollution. We ranked each county in the study based on these factors. Areas with the most favorable ratings for each factor ranked the highest on the index.

To calculate life expectancy, we measured the expected length of life in a given population in each county and state. Counties where residents had the longest life expectancy measured in years ranked the highest on the life expectancy index.

To calculate the smoking rate, we measured the ratio of smokers to the total applicable population in each county and state. Counties where smokers made up the smallest share of the population ranked the highest on the smoking index.

To calculate the obesity rate, we measured the ratio of residents with a body mass index greater than 30 to the total applicable population in each county and state. Counties where obese residents made up the smallest share of the population ranked the highest on the obesity index.

To calculate the activity rate, we measured the ratio of residents who are active during leisure time to the total applicable population in each county and state. Counties where non-active residents made up the smallest share of the population ranked the highest on the activity index.

To calculate access to exercise, we measured the ratio of residents who have access to exercise facilities to the total applicable population in each county and state. Counties where residents without access to exercise facilities made up the smallest share of the population ranked the highest on the access to exercise index.

To calculate insurance coverage, we measured the ratio of residents who have health insurance to the total applicable population in each county and state. Counties where uninsured made up the smallest share of the population ranked the highest on the insurance coverage index.

To calculate access to medical care, we measured the ratio of primary care providers to residents in each county and state. Counties where the ratio of primary care providers to residents is the highest ranked the highest on the access to medical care index.

To calculate air pollution, we measured particulate matter per million units in each county and state. Counties where particulate matter per million units is the lowest ranked the highest on the air pollution index.

Sources: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), The U.S. Census Bureau, American Medical Association, Environmental Public Health Tracking Network


Written by

Tomas Hoyos


Tomas is the co-founder and CEO of Voro, the healthcare social network where people share doctor recommendations with their friends and neighbors. Tomas loves a good book and mostly writes about current events in healthcare and tips to stay healthy. Prior to co-founding Voro, Tomas was a healthcare investor and investment banker. Tomas is a graduate of Harvard University where he majored in Government.