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 2016. 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 (second year in a row!), which measures overall length of life and quality of life. Washington County ranked FIRST in both subcategories.

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

  • Health behaviors - 1st
    Includes adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking, physical inactivity, sexually transmitted diseases, teen birth rate, alcohol-impaired driving deaths
  • Clinical Care - 3rd
    Includes uninsured adults, ratio of primary care providers/dentists/mental health providers to population, preventable hospital stays, diabetic screening, mammography screening
  • Social & Economic Factors - 2nd
    Includes high school graduation rates, college attendance, unemployment, children living in poverty, single parent households, violent crime
  • Physical Environment - 29th
    Includes air pollution, drinking water violations, severe housing problems, long commute times