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April 27, 2022
County Health Rankings place Snohomish County in top 5 in state for health outcomes
The annual rankings offer insight into strengths and areas for improvement
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Snohomish County is among the healthiest counties in the state of Washington, according to the annual County Health Rankings.
The rankings were released Wednesday, April 27, by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They are meant to be a snapshot of health indicators, including social and environmental factors as well as health behaviors.
Counties ranked among the healthiest in Washington include Snohomish, San Juan, King, Island, and Douglas. Snohomish County ranked fifth in the state for health outcomes (length of life, quality of life) and eighth in Washington for health factors (health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, physical environment).
For over a decade, the County Health Rankings have provided communities with data on more than 90 health-influencing factors. The rankings are one of many data snapshots and tools that can help shape conversations and decisions around improving the health and wellbeing of residents.
The recently released data show that Snohomish County has some strengths, including low teen birth rates, low percentage of children living in poverty, and low income inequality gap.
The rankings also indicate that Snohomish County has opportunities to improve in other areas, such as adult smoking and adult obesity.
“We’re grateful that Snohomish County residents live among the top five counties in Washington for the health outcomes measured,” said Dr. Chris Spitters, Health Officer for the Snohomish Health District. “We also know there is work to be done. Data from the County Health Rankings, as well as other sources like the Healthy Youth Survey and Community Health Assessments, help us build on what is going well and address areas for improvement.”
To learn more about the rankings or see detailed information on the health indicators, go to www.countyhealthrankings.org.