In 2021, Santa Clara County was ranked #40 out of nearly 3,000 counties on the U.S. News & World Report list of Healthiest Communities. The list evaluates 84 metrics across 10 health and health-related categories, including Population Health, Equity, Education, Economy, Housing, Food & Nutrition, Environment, Public Safety, Community Vitality, and Infrastructure.
The county’s overall score was 82, compared to the state average of 56 and national average of 48, with the three highest scores being in Population Health (94), Economy (91) and Infrastructure (87).
How We Serve
The County of Santa Clara government is proud to serve a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents, making the county more populous than 14 states in the U.S. The County provides essential services to its community members, including public health protection, environmental stewardship, medical services through the County of Santa Clara Health System, child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and many other public benefits.
In the video below, County of Santa Clara Chief Operating Officer, Miguel Márquez, shares his thoughts on "Healthiest Communities". Further below, we share timely and frequently updated stories on how our 22,000 employees are working daily to serve the residents of Santa Clara County.
In this section, we highlight the many ways that Santa Clara County as a whole has excelled in protecting and improving the health of our community. The stories here show how County government employees, partners, and programs play a part in enriching the lives of our residents – regardless of who they are, what primary language they speak, or in what neighborhood they live.