Arlington Ranked Top County for Health

by Dan Lesniak

Healthy LifeThe annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program has released its latest nationwide report on the state of our health within counties, and Arlington is the Healthiest County in Virginia. This highlights one more reason Orange Line Living is living at its best. The report and program are run in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. These two organizations take data from each county and break it down to reveal which counties are working well with citizens to live a better, healthier life, and which ones need improving.

The findings are centered on two major ‘Health Outcomes’, longevity of life and quality of life. Under these main categories, the findings are broken down into categories that have the most impact on our lives, Health Behaviors, Medical Care, Social & Economic Factors and the Physical Environment. Within each of these categories, data is further broken down to consider specific factors that affect the overall health of people. There are several sub-factors that are reviewed; each one is broken down county-by-county on the County Health Rankings website. The program takes information from healthier counties to provide education and action items for individuals and communities alike. They showcase those counties that have positive health plans in place for their residents. Some programs offered include a guide to complete an Action Cycle, which is a plan communities can use to improve their overall health. There are also webinars for anyone to access and learn from.

Comparing Arlington County to the state overall, Arlington reported only 8% of residents who are in poor health, the state shows 14% are considered in poor health. Adult smokers are just 10% of our population compared to 18% within the state, and only 18% are considered obese compared to 28% of the state population. 100% of Arlingtonians have access to daily exercise options, whereas only 81% of the state population has access. Only 17% of deaths during the time frame of the study were related to drunk driving, but within the state 31% of all deaths were. Arlington County boasts 1 primary-care doctor for every 1,435 residents, and 1,799 dentist for every 1,799 people. 88% of our population has at least some college education, compared to 38.2% of the state. We also have better employment figures. Our unemployment comes in at just 3.6%, with the state at 5.5%.  We have less violent crime and injury deaths compared to the state as well, indicating this is a safer place to live. Our county has had no water-quality violations and is better than average for air quality. We also have less housing problems and fewer single-driver commuters compared to the state.

When it comes to healthier, higher quality living, Arlington is the best place to be in Virginia. If you are looking to buy or sell your home, myself, and the Orange Line Living team make it an easy and convenient process. We work with you to provide our unique and specialized services so you can turn your plans into reality. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 571-969-7653, or at [email protected].

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