Earlier this year, we shared the exciting news that Hunterdon County was named the healthiest county in the state of New Jersey. Well, we’ve just learned that the honor extends way beyond the state of New Jersey.
U.S. News & World Report just announced the 50 healthiest counties for kids, and Hunterdon County came in at #3! Edging out Hunterdon County is only Marin County, CA and Norfolk County, MA.
Here’s how they calculated the rankings:
America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids represents a national, county-level assessment of how health and environmental factors affect the well-being of children younger than 18. It highlights counties that feature, among other child-friendly data, fewer infant deaths, fewer low birth weight babies, fewer deaths from injuries, fewer teen births and fewer children in poverty. Besides the data displayed here, the percentage of children without health insurance, air quality (except for Alaska and Hawaii), rates of adult smoking and adult obesity, and access to physicians and exercise opportunities also were considered. All the variables were equally weighted.
Also making the list is nearby Somerset County at #8 and Bergen County at #10. Way to go New Jersey!