County Health Rankings report released Wednesday morning

County Health Rankings report released Wednesday morning

County Health Rankings report released Wednesday morning

As easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within states, the Rankings show that where you live influences how well and how long you live.

New health data released today reinforces an all too familiar narrative of the counties in Mississippi: Those in the Delta struggle, while the affluent communities remain on top. Trujillo says ensuring that children have access to quality early-childhood education and that their parents have access to good, paying jobs would be among the long-term steps the county could take to improve its population's health. Denton County scored as one of the healthiest counties in the state for multiple health behaviors and health factors. There were 242 counties ranked in Texas.

Each county's ranking can be viewed at It also ranks below several suburban and rural counties in the Triad and Northwest North Carolina, including Watauga (eighth), Davie (13th) and Randolph (38th). Premature deaths in least healthy counties were three times higher than in healthy counties, and African-American Texas recorded the most premature deaths in 2017 - 9,800 in total.

In a release from the Oneida County Health Department, they note "Adult smoking, access to exercise opportunities and the percent of people who have health insurance improved".

The report showed 36 percent of Putnam County children live in poverty, while only 26 percent do in Union.

Since at least 2015, the report has ranked St. Johns County, which includes St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach, as the healthiest county.

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"Is it healthy for us to have more convenient stores and liquor stores in a community than places for people to get food?"

Nationwide, early signs of babies born at low birth weight may be on the rise after almost a decade of improvement (8.2% in 2016, a 2% increase from 2014), the organization stated.

Youngsters living in poverty and teen births are also examined.

The survey states about 15 percent of the county is in poor or fair health, which is lower than the 17 percent rate statewide.

The number of children in poverty stayed at 7 percent from 2009-2016.

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