Forsyth County rises in rankings for healthiest community in the nation: U.S. News

Justine Lookenott

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Forsyth County has been ranked the 54th healthiest county in the nation by U.S. News & World Report(Image by Forsyth County Government)

(Forsyth County, GA) Forsyth County has been ranked the 54th healthiest county in the nation by U.S. News & World Report – jumping up three spots since last year.

At the state level, Forsyth County came in second to Oconee County (35th place nationally) for the healthiest county in Georgia.

Along with reporting the news, U.S. News is a publication that releases consumer rankings on several topics like cars, colleges, countries and counties.

U.S. News partnered with the University of Missouri Extension Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES) for the 2022 Healthiest Communities Rankings, which names the top 500 healthiest counties in the country.

Data for deciding these ratings are gathered from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Forsyth continues to be listed as one of the nation’s healthiest communities and it is easy to see why with our wonderful parks system that offers a wide array of exercise options, growing access to the best healthcare providers and our focus on providing clean air and water,” said County Commission Chairman Alfred John. “Our success is widely recognized and continues to attract the brightest and the best which contributes to making Forsyth the best and healthiest place to call home.”

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The Halcyon Trailhead at the Big Creek Greenway in Forsyth County, GA(Image by Forsyth County Government)

Forsyth County Health Ratings

About 3,000 counties are included in the study and judged with 89 metrics throughout 10 different categories with each category holding a different weight.

Forsyth County is the 54th healthiest County in the nation for 2022.

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Forsyth County is the 54th healthiest County in the nation for 2022(Image by U.S. News & World Report)

Forsyth County was the 57th healthiest County in the nation for 2021.

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Forsyth County was the 57th healthiest County in the nation for 2021(Image by U.S. News & World Report)

In 2020, Forsyth County ranked 65th, meaning the community jumped up 11 places in just two years.

What Changed?

Most of the categories stayed the same or improved, the most noticeable being the 17-point jump in the “Food & Nutrition” and “Environment” categories.

These categories are judged based on the following:

Food & Nutrition: Weighed at 8.8 percent

  • Food Availability
  • Nutrition

Environment: Weighed at 8.6 percent

  • Air & Water
  • Natural Environment
  • Natural Hazards

The two categories that saw a drop in points were “Population Health” at five points and “Infrastructure” at eight points.

These categories are judged based on the following:

Population Health: Weighed at 14.2 percent

  • Access to Care
  • Health Behaviors
  • Health Conditions
  • Health Outcomes
  • Mental Health

Infrastructure: Weighed at 7.5 percent

  • Community Layout
  • Transportation
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Children play at Haw Creek Park in Forsyth County, GA(Image by Forsyth County Government)

So which county is currently the healthiest county in the United States? Los Alamos County in New Mexico.

For more information on the healthiest community rankings, click here. To learn more about how the counties are ranked, click here.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, contact Justine Lookenott at justine.lookenott@newsbreak.com.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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