U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with CVS Health, released the fifth annual edition of the Healthiest Communities rankings. The 2022 edition incorporates new data on environmental health, and is accompanied by an analysis showing which types of natural disasters pose the greatest threats to various racial and ethnic populations.
Each of the top three counties in this year’s rankings has been ranked number 1 in a previous edition of Healthiest Communities.
New this year in the Environment category of the rankings, data on natural disasters from FEMA’s National Risk Index highlights the threats faced by communities across the country. According to an accompanying U.S. News analysis of the index and U.S. Census Bureau data, Indigenous people are the most at risk from natural hazards1. They have higher risks when it comes to sustained periods of colder temperatures, droughts, river and stream flooding, and wildfires compared with other racial and ethnic groups.
The Healthiest Communities project includes additional resources alongside the rankings. For the third year in a row, county-level coronavirus data on metrics such as cases, deaths and vaccination rates are available through the COVID-19 and Your Community data hub. Along with the analysis of demographics and disaster risk, U.S. News is publishing editorial pieces that explore the reasons for Los Alamos County’s continued success as America’s Healthiest Community, and highlight the top-performing counties by key rankings metrics and categories, such as Population Health, Public Safety, Education, Mental Health and Life Expectancy.