New Jersey’s healthiest counties are also its richest, and have the greatest number of residents who are insured, according to new county health rankings.
The reverse tends to be true, as well, although the correlation is not as strong.
Bergen County, where 12 percent of adults are considered to be in "fair/poor" health, ranks fourth out of 21 New Jersey counties on both "Health Outcomes" and "Health Factors," according to an analysis performed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, which publishes the health rankings every year.
Compared to their immediate county neighbors, Bergen County residents are heavier drinkers, but typically smoke less, are less likely to be obese, are less likely to be physically inactive and are more likely to have health insurance.% in fair/poor health % heavy drinkers % smokers % obese % physically inactive % under 65 without health insurance Bergen 12% 17% 14% 22% 24% 15% Passaic 21% 15% 17% 24% 28% 20% Essex 18% 14% 15% 26% 28% 19% Hudson 24% 17% 17% 24% 28% 23%
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