Lancaster holds steady in top ranks of annual county health ranking

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In the 2018 County Health Rankings, Broome County ranks 8 out of 62 counties in New York State for Physical Environment, which includes Air and Water Quality and Housing and Transit.

The rankings highlight how your location can influence how well and long you live.

It's part of a nine-year collaboration between the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Everything from a long commute and local food options to the number of physicians on call and people in poverty affects a community's overall health.

Eight out of nine counties in Southwest Virginia along with the city of Bristol placed near the bottom in health outcomes and health factors, according to the report. "You know, we certainly recognize that there are a lot of factors that weigh in on the health of the population", said Geisinger Physician Richard Martin.

St. John's has held the title of the healthiest county since 2014, rated No. 1 in both health factors and health outcomes.

Jerome said that in addition to the data, the study provides resources for communities to improve their approaches to public health. The Health District is working with its governing board, the Southern Nevada Health District Board of Health, and community partners on a number of programs and initiatives that impact areas addressed by the Rankings.

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The least-healthy county for health outcomes is Union, and Putnam rated second from last in the state. Unfortunately, the obesity rate has stayed the same at 34 percent.

Each county's ranking can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/ya57cn9l.

Census data supports the correlation: The median income in Rankin is $59,370, while in Holmes it's $20,800, the lowest in the state. "It's not okay to continue to do the same things we've done for years".

"We definitely look at this and see what areas we need to try harder on improvements", she said.

That's up one spot from a year ago when the county was ranked number 33.

When looking at those factors, out of the state's 83 counties, Ingham County is considered the 31st healthiest county in the state. Just like we get annual check-ups, a new report gives us an annual "health snapshot" of every county across the country.

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