Many area counties ranked among worst in state in new health study

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Hyde County ranked among the top counties in the state for overall health while several others were near the bottom of the list in the 8th annual County Health Rankings.

The study was released Wednesday morning by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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The study compares counties within each of the 50 states on good health and wellness. Factors used in the study are housing, education, jobs and access to healthy foods. It also uses drug use, premature deaths and other factors.

Hyde County ranked 7th overall of the 100 counties in our state for health outcomes, citing a long lifespan and quality of life for the people who live there. The county did score low on health factors (56th out of 100) and social and economic factors (83rd) but was first in physical environment (lack of air pollution, drinking water violations).

The next best county for overall health was Carteret (23rd) followed by Onslow (26th) and Craven (35th). A lot of other counties were not so good, including Duplin (50th), Washington (58th), Pitt (59th), Greene (63rd), Jones (68th), Wayne (69th), Pamlico (70th), Wilson (72nd), Tyrrell (74th), Beaufort (78th), Martin (85th), Bertie (86th) and Lenoir (88th).

Edgecombe County was the worst in the area at 98th out of 100 counties. Wake County was listed as the top county while Robeson County was the worst.

"The County Health Rankings show us that where people live plays a key role in how long and how well they live," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, RWJF president and CEO. "The Rankings allow local leaders to clearly see and prioritize the challenges they face - whether it's rising premature death rates or the growing drug overdose epidemic - so they can bring community leaders and residents together to find solutions."

Health Factors map

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