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If you wish to live to a ripe old age, consider moving to Marin County.
Marin was ranked the healthiest county in California by the newly released 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report. The North Bay county received the state’s highest scores in the study’s Length of Life and Clinical Care measures.
Length of Life is partially determined by a “premature death” metric that estimates years of potential life lost before age 75 per 100,000 population (age-adjusted). Marin’s score of 3,100 was the third lowest of any county in the nation, trailing only Arlington, Va. (2,900), and Pritkin, Colo. (3,000). The methodology is a bit complex. You can read more about it here.
Among other things, the Clinical Care measures the ratio of population to primary care physicians, dentists and mental health providers. In Marin, there’s one primary care doctor for every 680 people, roughly double the California average.
Few if any regions in the the nation can approach the Bay Area in overall health. Of the state’s 58 counties, eight of the top 15 were in the Bay Area. The top 15 counties are listed in the above gallery.
Other takeaways from the study:
—Santa Cruz County residents are the least obese in the state — 17 percent reported a Body Mass Index score of 30 or higher. Tulare County had the highest percentage of obesity (34 percent). Tulare residents also led the state in percentage of adults who report being in poor health (27 percent, tied with Imperial County).
—San Mateo County residents report the fewest number of physically unhealthy (sick) days — 2.9. (Age-adjusted average over 30-day period.)
—Seventy percent of driving deaths in Modoc County involved alcohol. The overall average for California was 30 percent. (Data for 2013-2017.)
—Santa Clara County residents were the least likely to smoke (8 percent). By comparison, in Bell County, Ky., nearly one in three adults smokes (30 percent.)
—The chlamydia capital of California is San Francisco County, with a rate of 945.3 newly diagnosed cases per 100,000 (2016 figures). The state average is 506.2, about half that of San Francisco.
The County Health Rankings is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. It measures the health of nearly all counties in the nation and ranks them within states. The rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources.
A small sampling of the study’s many data sources includes:
- National Center for Health Statistics – Mortality Files
- CDC Diabetes Interactive Atlas
- Small Area Health Insurance Estimates
- Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) data
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
You can read more about the study’s methodology here.
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