Pennington County Earns Healthiest Community Badge

Pennington County is the 54th healthiest “rural, high-performing” County in the United States.

U.S. News and World Report, in partnership with CVS Health, just released rankings on the healthiest counties in the United States.

Pennington County in Minnesota achieved a rank of #54 in a peer group of “rural, high-performing counties” and had an overall ranking of #196.

Counties from across the United States were ranked on a series of health measures including population health, equity, education, economy, housing, food nutrition, environment, public safety, community vitality, and infrastructure.

Pennington County achieved a score of 70 on population health, which assesses access to care, healthy behaviors, health conditions, mental health and resulting health outcomes within communities.

Pennington County achieved a score of 75 on equity. This category assesses income, education, health and social equality to determine how well all members of a community are afforded the opportunity to live a productive, healthy life.

The County achieved a high score of 78 on Food and Nutrition. The food and nutrition category tracks the availability and use of healthy foods in a community, as well as the prevalence of chronic diseases that have been linked to poor nutrition.

The County achieved a score of 75 on Housing. The housing category tracks the availability, affordability and quality of homes within a community.

To view the scores for each category, check out the full report card on U.S. News and World Report.


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