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Posted Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Morris County Ranks 29th of 3,000 Counties Analyzed for the Healthiest Communities Honor Roll

(From U.S. News and World Report)

Healthiest Communities: How They Were Ranked

Showcasing the health-related success of communities across the country, the Healthiest Communities Honor Roll encompasses four top-performing communities in each of the U.S. Census Bureau’s nine regional divisions, classifying them based on their urban-rural status as tied to population density and the robustness of their economies.Morris County Makes the U.S. News Top 35 Counties Ranking in the U.S.

The distinction is based on a community’s performance across the same 80 measures and 10 categories used in the overall U.S. News Healthiest Communities assessment of nearly 3,000 counties and county equivalents.

The 36 Honor Roll communities range from the rural and mountainous Routt County, Colorado, to the bustling Morris County, New Jersey, which lies about an hour away from Manhattan in New York. They include Island County, Washington, and San Mateo County, California, in the West, along with Washington County, Tennessee, in the South and Bennington County, Vermont, in the Northeast.

Their populations vary from roughly 2,000 people to nearly 1 million, according to data used in the U.S. News analysis, with a median household income gap of more than $80,000. Yet together, they boast an average life expectancy of 81 years and health insurance coverage of more than 90 percent.

Explore the 36 places that made the U.S. News Healthiest Communities Honor Roll: