U.S. News & World Report Ranks Hamilton County Among Nation’s Healthiest Communities
(NOBLESVILLE, JUNE 29, 2021)
Hamilton County has been recognized as the 16th healthiest county in America by U.S. News & World Report in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation.
"Our ranking reflects the long term investments made by the County and our cities and towns in parks, recreation, and open spaces as well as readily available quality health care,” says County Commissioner Christine Altman. “Hamilton County both attracts and retains active and engaged residents of all ages.”
Accompanied by news, analysis and in-depth reporting, Healthiest Communities features rankings drawn from an examination of nearly 3,000 counties on 84 health and health-related metrics in 10 categories. Population health and equity are the most highly weighted factors in the methodology, followed closely by education and economy. Data were gathered and analyzed by the University of Missouri Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES).
This year’s rankings also include data relevant to the pandemic, such as county-level information on coronavirus cases, deaths and vaccine rates, as well as data on the pandemic’s economic impact and demographic factors that could place a community at higher risk from the virus. These tools complement the rankings data to reveal multiple correlations between the coronavirus pandemic and community health.
“The Hamilton County Health Department is dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of residents of all ages in Hamilton County and protecting the environment in which they live,” says Jason LeMaster, administrator for the Hamilton County Health Department. “We are grateful to have the collaborative efforts of public health partners devoted to meeting the challenges of public health issues in Hamilton County.”
The rankings are available on the U.S. News Healthiest Communities platform. For more information, visit https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities/rankings .