No Longer Tops, but Falls Church Still One of Nation’s Healthiest Communities

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The City of Falls Church is still healthy, it’s just not the healthiest.

A year after it was named the healthiest community in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, The Little City comes in third in the latest rankings from the online news magazine, behind top-ranked Douglas County, Colorado and runner-up Los Alamos County, New Mexico.

Douglas County was runner-up to Falls Church in last year’s rankings.

Measuring health and wellness across the United States, the rankings scored close to 3,000 counties based on 81 metrics like smoking rate, cancer prevalence, life expectancy, diabetes prevalence, voter participation rate and park proximity in the 10 categories of infrastructure, community vitality, public safety, environment, food and nutrition, housing, population health, equity, education and economy.

On a scale of 0 to 100, Falls Church scored 92.8 in population health, 64.1 in equity, 100 in education, 95 in economy, 51.1 in housing, 67.2 in food and nutrition, 63.1 in environment, 96.9 in public safety, 71.9 in community vitality and 86.2 in infrastructure.

According to U.S. News, “population health and equity are the most heavily weighted categories, based on the assessments of more than a dozen leading experts on what matters most to a community’s health.”

Other area communities ranking in the top 25 of U.S. News’s healthiest list include Loudoun County at #5, Howard County, Maryland at #10, Fairfax County at #13, City of Fairfax at #18 and Arlington County at #25.