Geauga County has the healthiest residents in Ohio and Scioto County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the fourth annual County Health Rankings, released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI).
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The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states.
Nationally, the data revealed that unhealthy counties have more than twice the rate of premature deaths than healthy ones and childhood poverty rates are twice as high in unhealthy counties.
The Rankings allow counties to see how they compare to other counties within the state based on a range of factors that influence health including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, and family and social support. This year's Rankings include new measures, such as how many dentists are in a community per resident.
According to the 2013 Rankings, the five healthiest counties in Ohio, starting with most healthy, are Geauga, followed by Putnam, Delaware, Medina, and Holmes. The five counties in the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are Scioto, Lawrence, Jackson, Adams, and Meigs.
The Rankings include a snapshot of each county in Ohio with a color-coded map comparing each county's overall health ranking. There are also new county-level trend graphs detailing change over time for several of the measures, including children in poverty, unemployment, and quality of care.
The Rankings are one part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program. Communities are taking information from the County Health Rankings and using the County Health Roadmaps to build connections with local and national partners to improve health.