Many things influence how well and how long we live. Health Factors represent those things we can improve to live longer and healthier lives. They are indicators of the future health of our communities.
No single factor determines an individual’s or community’s health. Instead, intersecting factors – from air and water quality to housing conditions – create overall health. The County Health Rankings highlight opportunities for improvement by ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation across four Health Factors:
- Health Behaviors, including alcohol and drug use, diet and exercise, sexual activity and tobacco use
- Clinical Care, including health care access and quality
- Social and Economic Factors, including education, employment, income, family and social support and community safety
- Physical Environment, including air and water quality, housing and transit