County Health Rankings

Where we live, learn, work and play makes a tremendous impact on how long and how well we live. Health starts in our families, our workplaces, our playgrounds and in the air we breathe and the water we drink. It's easier to live a healthy life if we live in a healthy place.

The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has released their County Health Rankings for 2015. A snapshot of the results is below. Full results can be found on the County Health Rankings website.

Health Outcomes - Washington County ranked FIRST overall in this category (up from third last year), which measures overall health premature death rates. Washington County ranked 6th in the Quality of Life subcategory.

Health Factors - Washington County is ranked third overall (down from second last year)

  • Health behaviors - 3rd
    Includes adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking, physical inactivity, sexually transmitted diseases, teen birth rate, alcohol-impaired driving deaths
  • Clinical Care - 5th
    Includes uninsured adults, ratio of primary care providers/dentists/mental health providers to population, preventable hospital stays, diabetic screening, mammography screening
  • Social & Economic Factors - 1st
    Includes high school graduation rates, college attendance, unemployment, children living in poverty, single parent households, violent crime
  • Physical Environment - 28th
    Includes air pollution, drinking water violations, severe housing problems, long commute times