How Healthy is Your County?


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For the first time, residents from Carolina to California can find out exactly how healthy their county is.

The health status of nearly every one of the nation’s more than 3,000 counties is ranked in the new report, County Health Rankings: Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health, released Feb. 17 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute.

The rankings can be used to mobilize communities to improve health disparities.

A USA Today story draws a few generalizations from the rankings:

Healthier counties tend to be urban and suburban, while most (84%) of the 50 least-healthy counties are rural, sparsely populated areas where care is poor and the economy is depressed. Rates of premature death are also significantly higher (2.5 times) in low-ranked counties.

Find out how healthy your county is here. Watch a video on the rankings here or below:

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