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slides: Massachusetts’ Most and Least Heathy Counties

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

 

How healthy is Worcester County compared with the rest of the state?

Utilizing the 2014 County Health Rankings compiled by the University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, GoLocal ranked each of Massachusetts' 14 counties from least to most healthy according to health outcomes.

Read the full article here

Health outcomes measure two factors: how long people live (length of life) and how healthy people feel while alive (quality of life). The report also ranks health factors, which measures health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic, and physical environment factors. 

See which counties are the most--and least--healthy in Massachusetts by viewing the slides below

 

Related Slideshow: Most and Least Healthy Counties in Massachusetts

Using data from the 2014 County Health Rankings compiled by the University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute, GoLocal ranked each of Massachusetts' 14 counties from least to most healthy according to health outcomes. 

Health outcomes measure two factors: how long people live (length of life) and how healthy people feel while alive (quality of life).  

The report also ranks health factors, which measures health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic, and physical environment factors.

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14. Hampden County

Population: 465,923

Median Household Income: $48,386

Health Outcomes Ranking: 14 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 15%
  • Low Birthweight: 8.6%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 14 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 19%
  • Adult Obesity: 29%
  • Physical Inactivity: 27%
  • Excessive Drinking: 19%

 

Access to healthcare professionals

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 1,368:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,408:1

 

Full Report

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13. Suffolk County

Population: 744,426

Median Household Income: $50,884

Health Outcomes Ranking: 13 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 17%
  • Low Birthweight: 9.2%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 12 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 15%
  • Adult Obesity: 22%
  • Physical Inactivity: 22%
  • Excessive Drinking: 19%

 

Access to healthcare professionals

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 693:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 638:1

 

Full Report

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12. Bristol County

Population: 551,082

Median Household Income: $53,670

Health Outcomes Ranking: 12 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 15%
  • Low Birthweight: 8.2%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 13 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 20%
  • Adult Obesity: 29%
  • Physical Inactivity: 28%
  • Excessive Drinking: 20%

 

Access to healthcare professionals

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 1,906:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,790:1

 

Full Report

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11. Berkshire County

Population: 130,016

Median Household Income: $46,660

Health Outcomes Ranking: 11 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 12%
  • Low Birthweight: 8.1%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 9 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 17%
  • Adult Obesity: 22%
  • Physical Inactivity: 21%
  • Excessive Drinking: 21%

 

Access to healthcare professionals

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 887:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,417:1

 

Full Report

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10. Plymouth County

Population: 499,759

Median Household Income: $72,795

Health Outcomes Ranking: 10 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 11%
  • Low Birthweight: 7.7%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 10 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 18%
  • Adult Obesity: 25%
  • Physical Inactivity: 23%
  • Excessive Drinking: 21%

 

Access to healthcare professionals

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 1,626:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,538:1

 

Full Report

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9. Worcester County

Population: 806,163

Median Household Income: $62,318

Health Outcomes Ranking: 9 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 12%
  • Low Birthweight: 7.4%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 11 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 18%
  • Adult Obesity: 26%
  • Physical Inactivity: 23%
  • Excessive Drinking: 21%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 971:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,590:1

 

Full Report

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8. Franklin County

Population: 71,540

Median Household Income: $54,159

Health Outcomes Ranking: 8 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 10%
  • Low Birthweight: 7.0%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 8 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 19%
  • Adult Obesity: 25%
  • Physical Inactivity: 19%
  • Excessive Drinking: 18%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 1,523:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,741:1

 

Full Report

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7. Barnstable County

Population: 215,423

Median Household Income: $58,616

Health Outcomes Ranking: 7 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 8%
  • Low Birthweight: 6.9%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 4 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 14%
  • Adult Obesity: 28%
  • Physical Inactivity: 18%
  • Excessive Drinking: 18%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 1,068:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,143:1

 

Full Report

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6. Essex County

Population: 755,618

Median Household Income: $67,408

Health Outcomes Ranking: 6 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 13%
  • Low Birthweight: 7.6%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 7 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 14%
  • Adult Obesity: 24%
  • Physical Inactivity: 22%
  • Excessive Drinking: 19%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 1,272:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,282:1

 

Full Report

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5. Hampshire County

Population: 159,795

Median Household Income: $58,206

Health Outcomes Ranking: 5 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 10%
  • Low Birthweight: 6.5%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 3 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 12%
  • Adult Obesity: 22%
  • Physical Inactivity: 17%
  • Excessive Drinking: 20%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 698:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,858:1

 

Full Report

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4. Nantucket County

Population: 10,298

Median Household Income: $70,286

Health Outcomes Ranking: 4 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: N/A
  • Low Birthweight: 5.3%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 6 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 15%
  • Adult Obesity: 24%
  • Physical Inactivity: 20%
  • Excessive Drinking: 26%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 2,028:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,295:1

 

Full Report

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3. Norfolk County

Population: 681,845

Median Household Income: $80,192

Health Outcomes Ranking: 3 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 9%
  • Low Birthweight: 7.3%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 1 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 12%
  • Adult Obesity: 20%
  • Physical Inactivity: 20%
  • Excessive Drinking: 19%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 812:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 927:1

 

Full Report

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2. Dukes County

Population: 17,041

Median Household Income: $56,784

Health Outcomes Ranking: 2 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: N/A
  • Low Birthweight: 5.0%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 5 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 12%
  • Adult Obesity: 20%
  • Physical Inactivity: 20%
  • Excessive Drinking: 26%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 882:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,908:1

 

Full Report

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1. Middlesex County

Population: 1,537,215

Median Household Income: $81,924

Health Outcomes Ranking: 1 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 9%
  • Low Birthweight: 7.5%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 2 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 11%
  • Adult Obesity: 23%
  • Physical Inactivity: 22%
  • Excessive Drinking: 18%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 814:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,165:1

 

Full Report

 
 

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