Hunterdon County has been ranked as the healthiest county in New Jersey by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute with support provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The announcement was made by Hunterdon County Commissioner Director Zach Rich during the last week’s Board of Commissioners meeting.
“Hunterdon County has again received independent verification that our county is one of the healthiest places to live. Overall, New Jersey is ranked higher in health outcomes than the national average, and it is always rewarding to have third party independent verification that our county is at the top of the list for being the safest, best, and healthiest place to live and work within the state,” Rich said.
The ranking is based on data from more than 90 health-influencing factors, including housing, education, jobs, and access to quality health care.
Hunterdon County came out on top, followed by Morris, Bergen, Sussex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Union, Ocean, and Hudson counties.
Among the key factors that contributed to Hunterdon County’s top ranking is the high rate of county residents who have a primary care physician (PCP). The emphasis on preventative care allows PCPs to focus on prevention, wellness, properly managed care, and building strong relationships in the community.
Rich praised the residents of Hunterdon County, local availability and access to quality health care, strong environmental stewardship, and the availability of open space and recreational opportunities as key factors in the county’s success. He also congratulated the Hunterdon County Health Department, Hunterdon Medical Center, healthcare providers around the county, school leaders, and others who have contributed to keeping the county healthy.
The ranking provides local communities with valuable data to identify areas that need improvement in order to promote a healthier community.