US News released a new set of rankings – American’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids – as part of the US News Best Children’s Hospitals 2013-2014. The rankings highlight counties whose statistics show fewer infant deaths, fewer low-birth-weight babies, fewer deaths from injuries, fewer teen births, and fewer children in poverty. This study represents the first national, county-level assessment of how health and environmental factors affect the well-being of children younger than 18.
From the US News & World Report article:
Perhaps the most striking finding is that what it takes to make a county healthy for kids can’t be reduced to one or two numbers. As shown in the table below, even the highest-ranking counties grapple with such challenges as large numbers of children in poverty and high teen birth rates. Top-ranked Marin County, a northern suburb of San Francisco, struggles with rates of teen births and children in poverty almost twice as high as 5th-ranked Milwaukee’s Ozaukee County.
James Perrin, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, says the new analysis offers a “really useful” tool for assessing the health status of children in communities across the U.S.
Montgomery County, Maryland ranked 9th of the top 50 healthiest counties for kids. Howard County, Maryland ranked 26th.
Read the full article for statistics on the top 50 and more information about the study.