Quality of Life
Quality of Life refers to how healthy people feel while alive. It represents the well-being of a community, and underscores the importance of physical, mental, social, and emotional health from birth to adulthood.
Examining quality of life can tell us a lot about how people perceive their health – whether they feel healthy and satisfied. When communities have higher rates of those who do not feel healthy, it can influence other factors of health including mortality rates, unemployment, poverty, and the percentage of adults who did not complete high school.
Getting this sense of the physical and mental health of a community can also bring to light inequities and help monitor trends, as well as identify risk factors and policies to address those risk factors.
In the Quality of Life area of the County Health Rankings we look at:
- Birth outcomes, showing rates of babies born at low birthweight.
- Health-related quality of life metrics, looking at how residents rated overall health, physical healthy, and mental health.
See how this component fits into our model
Our Rankings show how healthy a community is as well as indicators for future health. This provides a starting point for action on improving health for all. Dig deeper into the measures below to learn more about our approaches to measuring health.