(WFLA) – Researchers with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) released a collaborative project that shows how counties in US rank based on a range of different measures.
The report shows drastic differences between rural and urban counties nationwide based on a number of measured factors, but the most notable one was the premature death rate. According to the research, the rural counties have higher rates of premature death and there has been an increase in the number of the premature deaths in about 20 percent of the rural counties in the last decade.
Most urban counties have seen an improvement in the same period of time.
According to the research results, rural counties also have higher rates of smoking, obesity, child poverty, and teen births, and higher numbers of uninsured adults, but large urban counties have lower smoking and obesity rates, fewer injury deaths, and more residents who attended some college.
The map below shows the counties in Florida, how they rank against each other based the overall health outcome – how long people live and how healthy they feel while they are alive. Click on the map marker to see the ranking. The quality of life and length of life rankings are also shown on the map.