Lancaster’s high quality of life is becoming the worst kept secret!
The nationally-recognized Gallup-Healthways 2016 State of American Well-Being index recognized Lancaster as number 28 on the list of America’s healthiest and happiest places, up from 39 last year. It is the highest-ranked region in Pennsylvania. The top spot went to Naples, Florida, for the second year in a row.
Neighboring York jumped from 98 to 60 and Harrisburg-Carlisle climbed to 134 from 156. Reading declined slightly from 137 to 144. Other Pennsylvania locations that made the country’s top 189 cities include Pittsburgh (62), Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton (117), Philadelphia (127), Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton (157) and Erie (181).
Gallup's rankings are based on more than 350,000 telephone interviews with American adults across the country over the course of 2016 measuring five key factors: liking what you do each day, having supportive relationships, financial security, feeling safe, and having good health.
It’s also healthy: Lancaster County ranks among top 10 healthiest PA counties
In a separate county-focused study on overall health, Lancaster County ranks 10th out of all Pennsylvania counties.
The recently released 2017 County Health Rankings, compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin, identifies what makes Lancaster County a healthy place to live, learn, work, and play.
The study identified many strengths, finding that Lancaster County ranked third lowest in preventable hospital stays, fourth lowest in unemployment, seventh highest in physical activity, and seventh lowest in deaths caused by accidental injury.
The Rankings noted other areas of strength in Lancaster County, including:
90% high school graduation rate
High percentage of older adults receiving mammogram screenings and effectively managing diabetes
Low percentage of children living in poverty; and
Access to primary care physicians
Five areas to explore were specifically highlighted, indicating opportunities for health improvements for Lancaster County. These were:
Percentage of adults who smoke
Percentage of adults who are obese
Percentage of adults under the age of 65 without health insurance
Percentage of adults age 25-44 with some college education; and
The Report’s findings reinforce LG Health’s long time and ongoing commitment to improve access to care and increase the number of County residents that are tobacco free and at a healthy weight. To learn more about LG Health’s current plan for improving the health of our community, click here.