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Saratoga is the healthiest county in the state, according to US News & World Report – The Daily Gazette


BALLSTON SPA – Saratoga County is the healthiest county in New York State and one of the healthiest counties in the nation, according to US News & World Report.

Saratoga County finished 60th — which was in the top 2% — in US News & World Report’s 2022 Healthiest Communities ranking, released last week.

The ranking, analyzing 500 communities, used 89 metrics in 10 health and health-related categories to rate nearly 3,000 U.S. counties and their equivalents — think boroughs or other municipal entities — according to US News & World Report. The study focused on population health, equity, education, economy, housing, food and nutrition, environment, public safety, community vitality and infrastructure.

Saratoga County scored 79 out of 100 overall, surpassing the state’s median score of 57 and the US median score of 47, according to a Saratoga County news release on the study.

“The 2022 Healthiest Communities Report establishing Saratoga County as the healthiest county in New York State highlights what we in local government, our economic development partners and business leaders locals have known for a long time – Saratoga County is a great place to live, work and raise a family, said Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman and Moreau City Supervisor Theodore T. Kusnierz, Jr. in a press release on the report. “We have established the conditions for a robust economy and a healthy quality of life throughout Saratoga County through thoughtful planning, conservative budgeting practices, and limiting the red tape that leads to overregulation. The proof is in our results – a safe and welcoming community for all in a county that also has the lowest property and sales taxes in New York State.

Saratoga County scored 80 in education, 78 in public safety, 77 in economics and population health, 76 in infrastructure, 72 in food and nutrition, 71 in equity, 67 in environment, 64 in housing, and 53 in community vitality. .

The second-highest ranked New York community was Nassau County at 98th. Los Alamos County, New Mexico finished first overall.

To collect and analyze the data behind the rankings, US News collaborated with the University of Missouri’s Center for Applied Research and Systems Extension (CARES). The data was collected from well-recognized and validated sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Census Bureau, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to US News & World Report.

Data from Saratoga County supported its strong ranking. In education, Saratoga County’s high school graduation rate is 90.8 percent, compared to 89.3 percent nationally, according to the county. Meanwhile, 53.6% of Saratoga County residents have a graduate degree, compared to 30.6% nationally.

In public safety, Saratoga County’s per capita spending on health and emergency services of $441 is higher than the national median at $358. The county’s violent crime rate is half the national average at 102.6 per 100,000 compared to 204.5 per 100,000 nationally.

Economically, the county’s poverty rate of 5.9 percent is below the national average of 13.6 percent, while Saratoga County’s median household income is $84,971 compared to $58,759 in the county. nationwide, by county. The county’s business growth rate is 8.2% compared to the national rate of 7.7%.

“Saratoga County continues to grow through our global hub of talent, innovation and opportunity. The combined efforts of county leaders, partner organizations and continued development investment allow us to support existing industry and encourage continued investment; while attracting targeted and complementary businesses,” said Dennis Brobston, president of Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, in the press release.

Saratoga’s recognition in the U.S. News & World Report rankings follows U.S. Census Bureau data from last year showing that Saratoga County is the Capital Region’s biggest population gainer, growing by 7.24%. Saratoga County’s population gain came at a time when nearly two-thirds of counties in the state experienced population declines.

Andrew Waite can be reached at [email protected] and at 518-417-9338. Follow him on Twitter @UpstateWaite.

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