Can You Guess Which County Is Georgia’s Healthiest? (Probably Not)

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Every year, the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation rank counties across the country in terms of overall health in order to “help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live.” Four out of the five healthiest counties in the state were in metro Atlanta (ATL, hold it down!) but despite all of their multi-use trails, new bike lanes, and boutique fitness studios, intown counties like DeKalb and Fulton got didn’t even make the top 15, coming in at 19 and 20, respectively.

The number one healthiest county in the state is (drumroll, please): Forsyth county! Gwinnett, Fayette, Cobb, and Oconee rounded out the top five in that order. Cherokee almost squeezed into the top five at number six. The rankings were based on a number of health factors and outcomes. Here’s the broad overview…

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Looking at our state as a whole, there were some interesting tidbits. Compared to the U.S. median, Georgia has…

3% fewer adult smokers 
2% fewer
obese adults 
3% fewer inactive adults
10% more people with adequate access to exercise opportunities 
2% fewer binge drinkers
7% fewer alcohol-related driving deaths

237 more cases of chlamydia per 100,000 people
4% more
uninsured adults under age 65
3% more children living in poverty
6% more children in single-parent households
186 more cases of violent crime per 100,000 people
12% more people potentially exposed to poor drinking water
10% more commuters who drive more than 30 minutes to work

Do any of those stats surprise you?