Montgomery County Ranked Fourth-Healthiest in the State

Consistently a top-ranking county based on its health, Montgomery County placed fourth overall on the 35 measures of the County Health Rankings.

Montgomery County continues to be an elite place to live a healthy lifestyle in Pennsylvania. The annual County Health Rankings recently assessed Montgomery County as fourth-healthiest based on past health outcomes and the factors that will affect the future health of residents.

The county dropped a spot from No. 3 last year but has fared no worse than sixth in the seven years the rankings have existed.

The healthy living assessment measures 35 different countywide statistics gathered by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, according to a Philadelphia Business Journal report by John George.

“The County Health Rankings show us that where people live plays a key role in how long and how well they live,” said foundation President and CEO Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey.

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“The rankings allow local leaders to clearly see and prioritize the challenges they face — whether it’s rising premature death rates or the growing drug overdose epidemic — so they can bring community leaders and residents together to find solutions.”

Specifically, Montgomery County fared best in its quality of life, health behaviors, social and economic factors, clinical care and length of life. Its weak spot is its physical environment: air pollution, drinking water, housing and commuters.

Read more about the County Health Rankings in the Philadelphia Business Journal here or see the full report card here, and check out previous MONTCO Today health coverage here.

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