NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– How healthy is the county you live in?
That’s what the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation wanted to know. It looked at all eight counties in Connecticut and ranked them.
How much time do you spend at the gym? Diet and exercise were just some of the factors the foundation looked at. And that was just part of it. The report looked at more than 30 health factors such as alcohol and drug use, access to health care, education, employment, income, community safety, housing and transit.
It found that Connecticut as a whole has a lower premature death rate than the national average and that people here are generally healthier. Connecticut also has lower percentages of adults who smoke, are obese and fewer teen pregnancies. But violent crime, severe housing problems and income inequality are higher here than the national average.
How did your county compare to the rest of the state? This is how each of Connecticut’s eight counties rank based on those health factors: Middlesex ranks first, followed by Tolland, Litchfield, Fairfield, Hartford, New London, New Haven and Windham county ranks last.
The rankings are part of a program that provides tools and resources to help communities better the health of their residents.