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Carver County Recognized Among Nation's Healthiest Communities

U.S. News rankings place county eighth overall

Post Date:03/26/2019

US News 

CHASKA, MINN. — Carver County has been recognized as the eighth healthiest community in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

“Carver County is very fortunate to have many of the critical elements necessary to create health,” Dr. Richard Scott, Carver County’s Chief Public Health Officer, said. “Our continued success will require that we work diligently with all of our collaborating partners in education, business, social services, parks and recreation, health care, and charitable organizations to ensure that all people can access and engage in opportunities to live a healthy and productive life.”

The County moved up from 11th place compared to the 2018 rankings.

For 2019, Douglas County, Colorado, ranked No. 1, Los Alamos County, New Mexico, rose to No. 2, moving Falls Church City, Virginia, to No. 3, down from No. 1 in 2018. Loudoun County, Virginia, jumped up a spot to No. 4, with Broomfield County, Colorado, rounding out the top five. The second five, in rank order, were Teton County, Wyoming, Hamilton County, Indiana, Carver County, Delaware County, Ohio, and Howard County, Maryland.

The second annual report and accompanying analysis are based on an evaluation of nearly 3,000 communities nationwide across 81 health-related metrics in 10 categories, from education and population health to infrastructure and environment. In addition to assessing which communities offer their citizens the greatest opportunity to live a productive, healthy life, the project serves as a tool to inform residents, health care leaders and elected officials about policies and best practices that help drive better health outcomes.

Healthiest Communities is an interactive platform developed by U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation. Accompanied by news, analysis and in-depth reporting, the platform features rankings drawn from an examination of nearly 3,000 counties and county equivalents on 81 metrics across 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).

The rankings are available on the U.S. News Healthiest Communities platform at https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities. For more information, visit Healthiest Communities and use #HealthiestCommunities on Facebook and Twitter.