City Ranked Sixth Healthiest Place in U.S., According to U.S. News & World Report
All of those bike trails, walking and jogging paths and award-winning parks and recreation programs have had a long-lasting impact: The City of Fairfax recently was ranked sixth among 3,000 cities as the healthiest in the country, according to rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
The publication included other criteria in its overall ranking, including residents’ income, health outcomes, educational attainment, and walkability. Other factors included quality of housing, proximity to a park (91 percent of the city’s population is within a half mile of a park), public safety, and community vitality.
“It’s gratifying to have a ranking like this, because people who live here see healthy living play out in our community every day,” says Robert Sisson, city manager for the City of Fairfax. “But we’re not a community to sit on our laurels. In fact, we’ve joined the HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign (healcitiesmidatlantic.org), which works toward finding even more ways for citizens to lead healthier lives. The program also seeks partnerships with local businesses to promote health and fitness.”
Sisson says residents should watch for HEAL programs and activities from the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department in the coming months.
Some takeaways from the U.S. News & World Report rankings for the City of Fairfax include:
Life Expectancy (83.7; national, 77.9)
Smoking Rate (10.7 percent; national, 17.3 percent)
Population with Advanced Degree (60.4 percent; national average, 27.3 percent)
Household Median Income ($105,297; national average, $45,114)
Unemployment Rate (3 percent; national average, 5 percent)
Food & Nutrition
Obesity Prevalence (21.5 percent; national average, 31 percent)
Diabetes Prevalence (6.8 percent; national average, 9.3 percent)
Local Food Outlets (8.7 per 100K; national average, 4.9 per 100K)
Only two other local jurisdictions (City of Falls Church and Loudoun County) were in the top 10, which included: Douglas County, Colo.; Los Alamos County, N.M.; Hamilton County, Ind.; and Ouray County, Colo. Fairfax County ranked 21st overall.