Carver and Sibley Counties named among healthiest in the country

Carver and Sibley counties were recently named among the top 36 healthiest counties in the U.S. by U.S News Healthiest Communities Honor Roll. The honor roll comprises the top performing communities based on similar urban-rural status and economic performance.

Carver County was listed in the number eight spot and Sibley County at 29 on the honor roll list. The U.S. News Healthiest Communities Honor Roll recognized 36 counties as part of U.S. News & World Report’s healthiest communities ranking. “Ridgeview is proud to be a provider in these ‘healthiest counties’ and partner with local organizations and community members working to continue to improve the health of and quality of life for our residents,” said Mike Phelps, president and CEO of Ridgeview Medical Center.

Researchers ranked nearly 3,000 counties in the following categories: population health, equity, education, economy, housing, food and nutrition, environment, public safety, community vitality and infrastructure. Researchers then identified the top 500 healthiest communities and separated into groups based on urban-rural status and economic performance. According to the publication’s research, people living in the honor roll communities together have an average life expectancy of 81 years and health insurance coverage exceeding 90 percent.