From education and finance to housing, public safety and even the environment, several factors were taken into account 2020’s healthiest social ranking compiled by the Aetna Foundation.
The list – which consists of 500 communities across America – includes two New Jersey counties in the top 25 places alone.
Hunterdon County came in at no. 15 and Morris County at no. 22.
Although the health and justice of the population are the most important factors, several other factors were also considered.
“Local health effects are often driven by factors such as the economic performance of society, the strength of its education system, the availability of and affordable housing and countless other factors that affect the overall quality of life of residents,”
Here is how the counties are broken down in terms of the 10 different health factors on a scale from 1 to 100:
Hunterdon County (No. 15)
- Population health: 85.5
- Capital: 62
- Education: 92.7
- Economy: 90.7
- Housing: 48.4
- Food and nutrition: 69.8
- Environment: 58.3
- General safety: 74.2
- Social vitality: 66
- Infrastructure: 52.5
Morris County (No. 22)
- Population health: 85.9
- Equity: 51
- Education: 90.9
- Economy: 85.4
- Housing: 56.9
- Food and nutrition: 60.3
- Environment: 57.6
- Public safety: 82.7
- Vitality of the Community: 54.5
- Infrastructure: 71.5
Further down the list you will find Somerset County at no. 44, Sussex County at no. 143, Bergen County at no. 188, Burlington County at no. 267 and Monmouth County at no. 409.
The top of the list this year goes to Los Alamos County in New Mexico. Number 500 is Columbia County, New York.
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