The Areas to Explore and Areas of Strength features highlight measures that, respectively, are potential challenges your community may want to examine more closely and measures that are assets in your community already. Accounting for the relative influence of each measure on health outcomes, the County Health Rankings team used a variety of techniques to identify the Health Factor measures for your county that seem to have the greatest potential opportunity for improvement or are the assets your community might want to build on. We identified measures where there are meaningful differences between your county's values and either your state average, the national benchmark, or the state average in the best state.

As with your county’s ranks, these Areas to Explore are just one starting point for you to consider in your journey toward improving health in your community. Using the Rankings Data provides suggestions for other sources of state and local data that you can use to examine these measures more closely.