County Health Rankings

The County Health Rankings measure the health of nearly all counties in the nation and rank them within states.  The Rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources. These measures are standardized and combined using scientifically-informed weights.

They are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Building on the work of America’s Health Rankings, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has used this model to rank the health of Wisconsin’s counties every year since 2003.


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  • offers more than 300 indicators on the health and well being of children in communities across California.
  • The website, launched in 2004, is a project of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.
  • The website initially provided data for San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, along with statewide comparisons. In 2007, expanded to include other counties in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco.
  • In fall 2009, expanded to all counties, cities and school districts in California – about 1,600 regions. For more information about this expansion, visit
  • Nearly all data on the site are from public sources, though some indicators come from a Lucile Packard Foundation survey of parents about their child’s well being. You can find information and links to the data sources in the notes below tables, maps, or graphs on indicator pages, or you can view a list of the data sources.
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Community Health Status Indicators


  • County-level indicators of health
  • Covers 3,141 US counties
  • Approx 200 elements
  • Launched in 2000, in hiatus 2004-2006, but working since then
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