Interactive County Health Rankings Released
A new interactive ranking of counties’ health across the US was released recently by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Nationally, the data show that child poverty has not improved since 2000, with more than one in five children living in poverty, while Arizona ranks even higher at 27%. The good news is violent crime has decreased nationally by almost half over the last two decades. The report emphasizes healthy behaviors, showing that life expectancy is less in counties with the highest rates of smoking, teen births, and physical inactivity. While the small samples limit the data for rural counties, it is clear that rural and low-income counties face greater health challenges with less access to care, higher teen birth rates, and lower education levels. See how Arizona breaks down by county here.