Madison County, N.Y. — Madison County was ranked in the top 500 U.S. News Healthiest Communities for 2021. The Healthiest Communities rankings from U.S. News & World Report show how nearly 3,000 U.S. counties and county-equivalents perform in 84 metrics across 10 health and health-related categories. Madison County ranked 414 for 2021, and ranked 376 in the top 500 in 2020.
Some of the categories that are used in the rankings are population health, equity, education, economy, environment, food & nutrition, and public safety, among others.
County officials say the Madison County Department of Health does a Community Health Assessment (CHA) every three years to review the community’s health status and plan improvements that can be made.
According to the U.S. News report, Madison County’s top-scoring categories for its 2021 ranking are equity, infrastructure, and public safety.
“To be named among the top 500 healthiest communities the past 2 years is a testament to our public health staff and our community,” says Public Health Director Eric Faisst. “We are excited about the ranking and know we still have work to do, our goal is to be the healthiest community. Our next community health assessment will be beginning soon, this will help us continue to make strides toward improving the health of our community.”
Madison County received an overall score of 65, compared to the state average of 58.
Other reported factors include:
- 86.1% graduation rate (National Median: 89.3%)
- 39.8% of the population has an advanced degree (National Median: 29.8%)
- $21,351 per-pupil expenditures (National Median: $12,523)
- 4.3% unemployment rate (National Median: 3.7%)
- $61,633 median household income (National Median: $51,758)
- 9.8% poverty rate (National Median: 14.2%)
The percentage of Madison County’s population that is within .5 miles of a park is nearly double the national average (32% vs. 18%).
Madison County’s extensive rankings in various categories in the U.S. News Healthiest Communities report can be viewed online.