How Healthy Is Your County?

A study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute ranks all of the states in the U.S. according to overall health. The overall health of a state and its individual counties, was determined by demographic and behavioral health indicators such as mortality, adult smoking, adult obesity, teen birth rate, and preventable hospital stays. The study also reported on social, economic, and physical environmental factors including educational attainment, children in poverty, violent crime rate, air pollution, and access to healthy foods. With these indicators considered, states and counties were ranked accordingly in comparison to other states and counties.

The study indicates that although your state may rank among the highest according to favorable health outcomes, the county you reside in may not reflect the same findings. The large variations among the counties within the state must also be considered. For more information on the interactive maps and health indicators used, visit the links below.


Sources: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, CNN, County Health Rankings:
http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2010/02/17/how-healthy-is-the-county-you-live-in/

(Top right picture from: http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/17/county.rankings/index.html)

(Bottom left picture from: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/)

Gretchen Grajo, VERTICES intern

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