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New County Health Rankings give first county-by-county snapshot of health in each state

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The County Health Rankings—the first set of reports to rank the overall health of every county in all 50 states—were released today by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (www.countyhealthrankings.org). The online ranking include snapshots of U.S. counties with a color-coded map that compares each county’s overall health with other counties in each of the 50 states.

Each county is ranked within the state on how healthy people are and how long they live. They also are ranked on key factors that affect health such as: smoking, obesity, binge drinking, access to primary care providers, rates of high school graduation, rates of violent crime, air pollution levels, liquor store density, unemployment rates and number of children living in poverty.

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