Ranked as the fourth healthiest communities in America, Morgan County was also number one in the category of Rural, High-Performing in the 2022 U.S. News Report. Rated from several comprehensive categories described below, Morgan’s overall score was 90 out of 100. Ever more impressive is the fact Morgan jumped four placement spots, ranked as the ninth healthiest community in 2021.
Morgan County was rated an astounding 100 in the equity category! The outliers with the lowest scores were Environment rated 62, Infrastructure at 65, and Public Safety with 67. Other rankings for Morgan include Population Health, 75; Education, 81; Economy, 82; Housing, 76; Food and Nutrition, 76; and Community Vitality, 89. There are multiple other category specific statistics, one such saying the life expectancy is 77.5 years, and can be found at the following link: https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities/utah/morgan-county
“With abundant recreation opportunities, clean air, good access to high quality healthcare, and a wonderful and supportive community of residents, it is not surprising that Morgan County is ranked among the top five healthiest counties in the nation. The Morgan County Commission will continue to work to ensure that Morgan remains a great place to live and work!” states county commissioner Mike Newton.
“I think one of the reasons we rank so high is not just clean air, water, I feel it’s the people who call it home,” commented Morgan City Mayor Steve Gale. “Morgan is a friendly place for most things. I’d suggest our water, air, is a God given gift, and heaven is pleased with how we take care of each other.”
The top 10 communities in the nation are Los Alamos County, NM; Falls Church City, VA; and Douglas County, CO; Morgan County, Utah; Carver County, MN; Sioux County, Iowa; Ozaukee County, WI; Hamilton, IN; Broomfield County, CO; and Delaware County, Ohio respectively.
“Counties missing data for nine or more total metrics or two or more total subcategories were excluded from the analysis,” stated the U.S News, “As were counties with populations of fewer than 2,000 people for statistical considerations. This resulted in a total of 2,735 counties or county equivalents assessed of the 3,143 across the U.S.
There were several invested in creating a quality report. The U.S News reports that the University of Missouri Extension Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES) – a research institution skilled in understanding natural resource systems, public health risks and community health assessment – to collect and analyze data. In addition, at the project’s inception, U.S. News assembled a panel of independent experts to help assign weightings for each category, including members of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics.
The categories and subcategories are listed below with assigned weights used to rate the counties:
Population Health, with a weight of 14.2%, had subcategories of access to care, health behaviors, health conditions, health outcomes, and mental health.
Equity, weighted 12.23%, with subcategories of educational equity, health equity, income equity, and social equity.
Education, weighted 12.15%, with subcategories of educational achievement, education infrastructure, and education participation.
Economy, weighted 11.1%, included subcategories of employment, income, and opportunity.
Housing, weighted 9.5%, with subcategories of housing affordability, housing capacity, and housing quality.
Food and Nutrition, weighted 8.8%, with subcategories of food availability and nutrition.
Environment, weighted 8.6%, with subcategories of air, water, natural environment, and natural hazards.
Public Safety, weighted 8.5%, with subcategories of crime, injuries, and public safety capacity.
Community Vitality, weighted 7.6%, with subcategories of community stability and social capital.
Infrastructure, weighted 7.5%, with subcategories of community layout and transportation.