A new study shows that many Minnesota counties are among the healthiest communities in the nation, and two Southeast Minnesota counties came in the Top 100.

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Olmsted County, which is of course home to the Med City (we should probably expect Olmsted County to make the list every year, right?), came in at number 77 on the list according to a news release from U.S News & World Report. Dodge County also made the top 100, coming in at number 54.

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"U.S. News & World Report issued the latest Healthiest Communities rankings. This year’s rankings of more than 3,000 communities nationwide – developed in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation – features data on the connection between community health and COVID-19 (including vaccination rates); the impact of mental health on overall well-being; and how health equity compares in communities across the country."

Minnesota Counties That Ranked In The Top 100:

Six Minnesota counties ranked among the top 100 healthiest communities in the nation including:
11th - Carver County
38th - Washington County
54th - Dodge County
74th - Scott County
77th - Olmsted County
86th - Wright County

The report from U.S News & World Report noted how the coronavirus pandemic played a major role in this year's rankings.

“The coronavirus pandemic has inflicted deep wounds on multiple aspects of a community’s well-being – from which it will take time to recover. A county’s population health metrics, including mental health, health outcomes, and access to care, have been adversely affected, along with major hits to education, economy, and equity,” said Kim Castro, editor, and chief content officer at U.S. News. “This year’s Healthiest Communities rankings name not only the leading counties in the country but also produce data reflecting other predictors of individual and community health as the country begins to recover.”

Eight Minnesota counties scored best as Urban High Performing including; Carver County, Washington County, Dodge County, Scott County, Olmsted County, Wright County, Dakota County, and Houston County.

A total of 42 Minnesota counties ranked in the top 500 including the following in the top 200:
110th - Dakota County
116th - Pope County
123rd - Houston County
152nd - Brown County
176th - Lake County

You can find the complete rankings from U.S News & World Reports here. Southeast Minnesota has a ton of great events planned all summer long. Check out our Ultimate Summer-Fun Guide for Southeast Minnesota below!

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