San Luis Obispo County is ranked as one of the healthiest communities in the United States, according to new rankings released this week from U.S. News & World Report.
The county ranked 226 out of 250 selected communities. The overall evaluation included nearly 3,000 communities.
This year's report looks at education, population health, infrastructure and environment.
The project is designed to inform residents, community health leaders and elected officials about which policies can provide better health for citizens.
Researchers look at which communities that offer the greatest opportunity to live a productive, healthy life.
“During this unprecedented year, the Healthiest Communities initiative continues to highlight important components of community health while synthesizing the new COVID-19 metrics, providing an in-depth look at the impact of the disease on communities,” said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “U.S. News brings 30 years of high-quality health journalism and data expertise to this project highlighting social determinants of health and providing context to the current state of each community.”