This snapshot shines a light on how where we live matters when it comes to our well-being.
When we talk about the health of America, we often talk in broad strokes. We focus on big trends—say, in obesity or diabetes—not what's happening at a more local level.
That's unfortunate for two reasons. One, we might miss some of the variety of health out there—for example, that one county in a state is appreciably less healthy than another. And, two, we might overlook local factors that affect our health as much as federal or state policy, or even our own personal responsibility.
The idea of the County Health Rankings is to shine a light on the local, and show how where we live matters.