U.S. News Ranks Healthiest Communities for 2022

The annual Healthiest Communities rankings launch includes a look at which racial and ethnic groups are most at risk from natural disasters and is accompanied by data on the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. News & World Report on Wednesday released the newest iteration of its annual Healthiest Communities rankings, 

analyzing dozens of factors to measure health and well-being across thousands of counties and county equivalents in America. 

For the third consecutive year, Los Alamos County, New Mexico, ranks No. 1 and is the healthiest community in the country. 

Similar to previous years, U.S. News assessed the health of nearly 3,000 communities based on 89 metrics in 10 categories.  

Los Alamos County received an overall score of 100 and particularly excelled in the categories of housing, infrastructure and population health. 

Alongside the rankings, U.S. News also examined the vulnerability of racial and ethnic groups to negative impacts from natural disasters, 

with an analysis showing racial minorities are most at risk from extreme weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and heat waves. 

Amid the intensifying threat of climate change and a heightened focus on equity in America, U.S.