How Healthy is Your County?

Newly released health rankings allow you to see what’s impacting health status in local communities.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute recently released county health rankings for each state. The hope is that building awareness of the many factors that influence health status will encourage local community leaders to address health disparities. The interactive website not only ranks every state’s counties by health status, but also allows users to compare counties by health outcomes and health factors centered around behavior and social status.

For example, did you know that Fairfield County residents are at higher risk of being in an automobile accident because they have the largest percentage of drivers who make long commutes alone? And Lexington County has one of the healthiest food environments in South Carolina with citizens living in close proximity to grocery stores in rural and non-rural areas.

If you want to learn more about how healthy your county is and explore the factors that drive the health of your community, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org and click on South Carolina on the US map.