The Rankings include a snapshot of each county in Pennsylvania and a new interactive map makes it easier for people to compare their county to others. This year’s Rankings also include several new measures, such as how many fast food restaurants are in a county and levels of physical inactivity among residents.
Across the nation, some factors that influence health, such as smoking, availability of primary care physicians, and social support, show highs and lows across all regions. Meanwhile other factors reflect some distinct regional patterns, such as:
- Excessive drinking rates are highest in the northern states.
- Rates of teen births, sexually transmitted infections, and children in poverty are highest across the southern states.
- Unemployment rates are lowest in the northeastern, Midwest, and central plains states.
- Motor vehicle crash deaths are lowest in the northeastern and upper Midwest states.
To further illustrate the connection between social factors and health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation along with the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Human Needs will unveil a new County Health Calculator. The Calculator is an interactive online app that shows people how much education and income influence rates of diabetes and spending on diabetes care county-by-county.
To look at a full list of the rankings include more detailed information on each county in Pennsylvania click here.