Montgomery County Tops 2017 List of Healthy Counties

The 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report on health outcomes and health factors in counties across America has been released, with summary and detail data available for Maryland counties.

A new ranking on the health of counties has been released, and Montgomery County ranks highest in Maryland.

The report is a project of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and has been running since 2003. The health rankings are based on both health outcomes and health factors measures, which are compiled from several data points.

As described by the Institute:

The overall Health Outcomes summary score is a weighted composite of Length of life (50%) and Quality of life (50%). The overall Health Factors summary score is a weighted composite of four components: Health behaviors (30%), Clinical care (20%), Social and economic factors (40%), and Physical environment (10%).

The whole report for Maryland counties is available online. The top ten overall health rankings are as follows:

Rank County
1 Montgomery
2 Howard
3 Carroll
4 Frederick
5 Talbot
6 Calvert
7 Queen Anne’s
8 St. Mary’s
9 Harford
10 Worcester


For information on last year’s report see, Newly Released: 2016 County Health Rankings for Maryland on Conduit Street.