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These 3 mass counties rank among the healthiest in the nation for 2022: US News & World Report

Three Massachusetts counties — Middlesex, Nantucket and Norfolk — are among the healthiest counties in the United States for 2022, according to new data compiled by U.S. News & World Report in collaboration with CVS Health for its annual “Healthiest Communities” ranking. Is.

Nantucket County, with a population of approximately 11,400 individuals, ranks 41st nationwide among 14 Massachusetts counties, compared to nearly 3,000 US counties and county counterparts, US News said.

Nantucket County scored high in most US news’s 10 health-related assessment categories, such as “infrastructure,” “community vitality,” “public safety,” “education,” “population health” and “economy,” but performed poorly. There was “equity” and specifically “housing.”

US News said in a release that Island County was ranked 23rd overall in 2021. Nantucket County notably excelled in the “Food and Nutrition” category with a score of 96 out of a possible 100, placing third overall in the category.

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Norfolk County, which includes areas south and west of Boston with a population of approximately 700,000, is the 67th-highest nationwide, especially in categories such as “education,” “economy,” “food and nutrition” and “population health.” Healthy place. news.

Middlesex County, the state’s largest county by population of 1.6 million residents, is the 73rd healthiest nationwide, according to U.S. News, the last county in the Bay State to rank in the top 100 for this year.

Middlesex also did well in assessment categories such as “economy,” “food and nutrition,” “education” and “population health.”

Other Massachusetts counties ranked in the US News Top 500 ranking for the healthiest counties, with Dukes County ranked 128th overall, Hampshire County 202nd overall, Barnstable County 382nd overall, Franklin County 424th overall. ranked and Berkshire County is ranked 471st. ,

Suffolk, Hampden, Worcester, Essex, Bristol and Plymouth counties were not given a specific nationwide ranking, as they were all ranked 500th overall, but were assessed by US News for their healthiness and category. Composite scores were given in addition to the score of .

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Notably, Suffolk County was ranked as one of the top US communities for “access to health care,” second overall within this subcategory, according to US News in a release.

Los Alamos County, New Mexico is ranked as the healthiest county nationwide for 2022, the third year in a row, according to US News.

“Health is inextricably linked to where we live. In fact, it has been said that a person’s ZIP code can predict more about a person’s health than their genetic code,” US News reported in its ranking. Told.

A full breakdown on US News and CVS Health’s ranking methodology can be found here.

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