According to the 2018 rankings of the top 500 Healthiest Communities nationwide, only one county from Tennessee made the list. Out of the 500 rankings, Williamson County found itself ranked at No. 23.
In order to determine the rankings, U.S. News evaluated 3,000 communities through 80 different metrics in 10 categories: population health, equity, education, economy, housing, food & nutrition, environment, public safety, community vitality, and infrastructure.
In addition, U.S. News also ranked the 3,000 communities across 4 groups: urban high performing, urban up-and-coming, rural high performing and rural up-and-coming. Williamson County was the only Tennessee County to find a place in one the four categories, ranking at No. 17 out of 100 in the urban high performing category.
“Research has shown that in the United States, your ZIP code is a greater predictor of your life expectancy than your genetic code,” Mark T. Bertolini, chairman of the Aetna Foundation and chairman and CEO of Aetna, said in a press release. “In other words, where you live has a significant impact on your overall health.”
The top 10 healthiest communities in the United States are:
Falls Church City, VA
Douglas County, CO
Broomfield County, CO
Los Alamos County, NM
Dukes County, MA
Fairfax City, VA
Hamilton County, IN
Routt County, CO
Ouray County, CO
Loudoun County, VA
For the full list of rankings, please click here.