U.S. News ranked America’s 500 healthiest communities for 2018–19, and Dukes County ranked No. 50 overall, and No. 1 in Massachusetts. Communities were ranked across 10 categories that drive overall health: community vitality, equity, economic performance, education, environment, food and nutrition, population health, availability and affordability of housing, public safety, and infrastructure. U.S. News scored 3,000 counties total.
Dukes County scored highest in infrastructure, education, and community vitality (measured through indicators like population growth and voter participation). It scored lowest in housing. Life expectancy was measured at 82.1 years, which is above the national median of 79. Smoking rate was a low 13.4 percent.
This is the second annual Healthiest Communities ranking, compiled in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation. The goal is to draw a clear link between where people live and how well they live, and for how long, according to U.S. News.
Douglas County, Colo., ranked No. 1, followed by Los Alamos County, N.M., and Falls Church, Va. Iowa was the most represented state in the list.
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