The 2013 County Health Rankings
allow counties to see what medical and social conditions and behaviors are
making its residents sick or healthy, and how they compare to other counties in
the same state. This is the fourth year of the Rankings, published online by the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The
rankings data help to lay the groundwork for health improvement efforts of
governors, mayors, business leaders, and citizens across the country.
The County Health Rankings examines 25 factors that influence health,
including rates of childhood poverty, rates of smoking, obesity levels, teen
birth rates, access to physicians and dentists, rates of high school graduation
and college attendance, access to healthy foods, levels of physical inactivity,
and percentages of children living in single parent households.
Although the rankings only allow for county-to-county comparisons within
a state, this year’s rankings show significant new national trends:
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