Hard Pill to Swallow: U.S. News Says Delaware County Not the Healthiest

A chart indicating the human diet through time.
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Chart depicts the change in the human diet through time.

Delaware County has failed to rank among the 500 healthiest communities in the nation, according to a new ranking published by U.S. News & World Report.

While the neighboring Montgomery, Chester, and Bucks counties all made the list, Delaware County once again failed to place among the healthiest communities.

Still, the county did have a good showing in the population health category. It recorded a life expectancy of 78.5 years, which is slightly higher than the national median of 77.5 years.

The county also has a smoking rate of 17.7 percent, below the national median of 21.1 percent.

Meanwhile, the number of people with no health insurance is at 6.1 percent, compared to the national median of 10.6 percent.

To determine which communities in the country are the healthiest, U.S. News & World Report compared more than 3,000 counties and county-equivalents based on how they performed in 84 metrics across 10 health and health-related categories. Population health weighted the highest.

See the full ranking at U.S. News & World Report.

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