Can You Guess The Healthiest Place To Live In Illinois?

By Kelly Fisher

June 30, 2021

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Of the 500 healthiest communities in the U.S., more than a dozen of them are in Illinois.

U.S. News & World Report collaborated with CVS Health and the Aetna Foundation to evaluate and rank the healthiest communities in America, scoring each one on a scale of zero to 100, according to U.S. News:

“How well and even how long you live can be shaped by where you live. Local health outcomes are often driven by factors like a community’s economic performance, the strength of its education system, the availability and affordability of housing and myriad other elements that affect residents’ overall quality of life.
“Knowing how such factors interact to create a healthier community – or a sicker one – is an important first step toward targeting resources where they'll do the most good. And geography offers a powerful lens through which to focus reform.”

Experts sought the 500 healthiest communities in the U.S. by comparing 3,000 counties based on more than 80 indicators in 10 categories that factor into overall health, according to the report.

So, which county is the healthiest one in Illinois?

DuPage County.

It comes in at No. 80 on the overall list.

These are the Top 14 healthiest communities in Illinois:

  1. DuPage County
  2. Monroe County
  3. Piatt County
  4. Kendall County
  5. McHenry County
  6. Putnam County
  7. Woodford County
  8. Menard County
  9. Jo Daviess County
  10. Grundy County
  11. Kane County
  12. Lake County
  13. Edwards County
  14. Will County

See the full list — including how the Illinois communities rank overall — here.

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