Report states San Juan Islanders healthiest among state

If Washingtonians want to be healthier, they’ll move to the San Juan Islands.

At least, that’s what a report by U.S. News and World Report, in collaboration with Aetna, infers.

According to the publication’s annual 500 Healthiest Communities report, the San Juans are rated the healthiest county in Washington state, ranking 90th overall, and 22nd among rural communities.

According to, the U.S. News Healthiest Communities rates nearly 3,000 counties throughout the nation, using a framework created by advisers to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Counties are ranked based on 10 categories, including population health, equity, education and economy. The second highest ranking Washington community was Jefferson County, at 140, overall.