Newly-Released County Health Rankings Compare Healthiest Counties

March 25, 2015|5:27 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

According to the 2015 County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, premature deaths are dropping in the United States, with 60 percent of the nation’s counties seeing declines. However, the rankings show that almost one in four children in the United States lives in poverty, with rates more than twice as high in the unhealthiest counties in each state compared to the healthiest counties.

This year's findings also show that the healthiest counties within states have higher college attendance, fewer preventable hospital stays, fewer sexually transmitted infections, and better access to parks and gyms. Less healthy counties have more smokers, more teen births, lower high school graduation rates, and more children living in single-parent households.

Now in its sixth year, the County Health Rankings assess the health of nearly every county in the nation and provide states with local-level data that shows how their counties compare on 30 factors that impact health, including education, transportation, housing, violent crime, jobs, diet, and exercise.

The County Health Rankings program offers data, tools, and resources to help communities.

  • Tools from the Roadmaps to Health Action Center can assist communities to accelerate their health improvement efforts.
  •  What Works for Health is an online database providing communities with information on more than 300 evidence-informed policies, programs, and system changes that will improve the variety of factors we know affect health.
  •  Poised for Progress tools help communities identify strengths and possible areas for growth to build a healthy community.

Read more in the press release for more information.