Well-being of Places in Massachusetts
What does it mean for a place to be well? Well-Being of Places is about whether a community is flourishing and the people within it have the vital conditions needed to thrive. The well-being of a place has to do with whether people want to move there. Conditions like good jobs, walkable streets, safety, transportation, a vibrant culture, a sense of identity and belonging, and a likelihood that people will feel included in civic life all play a role.
What is the child poverty rate in Massachusetts?
What this measures: The percent of children who are living at or below 100% of the federal poverty line.
Why this matters: Child poverty is related to current and future health risk and social cost. Children in poverty may experience lasting effects on education, health, and income into adulthood.
What this relates to: Health, education, income, equity.
Data source: American Community Survey, Table S1701. Note that the percentages shown here exclude from the total population people whose poverty status cannot be determined, such as individuals living in group quarters and young "unrelated" children who live outside of family households. For more information about how the Census Bureau measures poverty, please visit their site.
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HEALTHY COMMUNITIES INDEX
What are the health outcome rankings of counties within Massachusetts?
What this measures: The annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR) creates an index of a healthy community which looks at health outcomes, health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. CHRR then ranks communities within states (but not across states) based on this index.
Why this matters: Because County Health Rankings and Roadmaps shares many common indicators with the WIN framework, it is a recommended framework for communities to use to understand their progress. In addition, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps provides a rich array of tools and resources to take action.
What this relates to: Well-being, life expectancy, nearly every other indicator.
Data source: Healthy Communities Index, County Health Rankings.