Chester County has placed among the 500 healthiest communities in the nation, according to new rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, writes Kennedy Rose for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The rankings are based on data sourced from various public institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The data was sorted into several individually-weighted categories determined by public health experts, with population health – including access to care, healthy behaviors, and health conditions – weighted the most.
Chester County checked in at No. 168 with an overall population health score of 79. However, it dropped 51 places from 2019, when it placed 117th.
The county has a life expectancy of 81.2 years, which is higher than the national median of 77.9 years, and a smoking rate of 13.6 percent, well below the national median of 17.3 percent. Meanwhile, people with no health insurance is at 6.3 percent, compared to the national median of 10.6 percent.
Montgomery County and Bucks County also made the list, at Nos. 140 and 267, respectively.
Read more about the nation’s healthiest communities in the Philadelphia Business Journal here.
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