Collin County and Denton County cracked the top 500 of an inaugural list from U.S. News & World Report that ranks the healthiest counties in the country. Collin County came in at No. 68, making it Texas’ highest-ranked entrant on the list. Denton County is the 225th-healthiest county, according to the report.
The study, called “Healthiest Communities” and done in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation, took into account 10 major categories, including things like equity, housing, and public safety. Nearly 3,000 communities were rated, and the top 500 were ranked. Collin and Denton counties rode high scores in the economy, infrastructure, education, and population health categories.
Collin County scored an 80.2 overall on the rating system, Denton County scored 72.7, Tarrant County scored 54.2, and Dallas County came in at 47.2. (Links are to each community’s full report.)
When it comes to population health—which takes into account things like access to care, healthy behaviors, prevalence of health conditions, and mental health—Collin rated at 72 while Denton scored a 65. Dallas scored a 54 in the category, and Tarrant, a 52.