15 Healthiest Counties for Children

June 19, 2014

The Northeast has some of the healthiest areas for kids in the U.S., according to a new study that evaluates health data of children across the country.

In conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released the 2014-2105 rankings of America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids. The groups conducted a county-level assessment of health and environmental factors that affect the well-being of children younger than 18. The factors they weighed in their rankings included items like fewer low-birth-weight babies and infant deaths, as well as the number of children with health insurance, the air quality, and access to medical care in a county.

The following are the top 15 counties that landed on this year’s Healthiest Counties for Kids:

  1. Marian County, Calif.
  2. Norfolk County, Mass.
  3. Hunterdon County, N.J.
  4. Chittenden County, Vt.
  5. Nassau County, N.Y.
  6. San Francisco County, Calif.
  7. Middlesex County, Mass.
  8. Somerset County, N.J.
  9. Morris County, N.J.
  10. Bergen County, N.J.
  11. San Mateo County, Calif.
  12. Hampshire County, Mass.
  13. Howard County, Md.
  14. Ozaukee County, Wis.
  15. Westchester County, N.Y.

Source: “America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids,” U.S. News & World Report (June 16, 2014)