Northern Calif. Counties Ranked Highest for Overall Health

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California's northern counties ranked highest for overall health in the state, according to a report released Tuesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, U-T San Diego reports (Lavelle, U-T San Diego, 4/3).

The study used government data to rank more than 3,000 U.S. counties based on health indicators such as drinking, obesity, physical inactivity, smoking and premature death (Tavernise, New York Times, 4/3).

County Rankings

According to the report, the top five California counties for overall health were:

  1. Marin;
  2. Santa Clara;
  3. San Benito;
  4. Placer; and
  5. San Mateo (U-T San Diego, 4/3).

The lowest-ranking California counties for overall health were:

  • Siskiyou, ranking 54th.
  • Del Norte, ranking 55th; and
  • Trinity, ranking 56th.

Some California counties were not ranked (2012 County Health Rankings, 4/3).

State Tobacco Rankings

Julie Willems Van Dijk -- a study researcher -- said that findings show California's tobacco laws are among the toughest in the U.S. According to the report, California had the second-lowest smoking rates in the U.S. after Utah (U-T San Diego, 4/3).

Tom Johnson
Another "dah" report. Which counties have the highest per-capita income? Which counties have the highest educational levels? Which counties have the lowest unemployment rates? Which counties have the most health care providers per 1,000 population? etc. My guess would be the same counties that rank highest in overall health. Not much new here.
Barbara Webster-Hawkins
What an unfortunate choice of headline. As Bill Hall noted above, it missed the socioeconomic point. And where in California are Siskiyou, Trinity and Del Norte counties (the study's lowest ranked counties for overall health)? Also in Northern California!
Bruce Kaechele
Interesting that N CA has the highest overall health when another article in your web based news services ran a story on obesity with the following comment: "Napa County had the highest obesity rate in the Bay Area and that Solano County's obesity rate was significantly higher than the rest of the state."
Bill Hall
Perhaps the article should have been entitled "Most Affluent Counties Ranked Highest for Overall Health."

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