New Haven County is the least healthy county in Connecticut, according to the annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Tolland County was named the healthiest county in the rankings, which rate each county in every state based on such factors as high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, and family social support. Fairfield County was named the second healthiest.
This is the third year running that New Haven has taken the dubious honor of least healthy Connecticut county. The second least healthy county is Windham and Hartford is third.
The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states. Nationally, the data revealed that unhealthy counties have more than twice the rate of premature deaths than healthy ones and childhood poverty rates are twice as high in unhealthy counties. The rankings do not compare counties in Connecticut to counties in other states. To see the rankings, visit www.countyhealthrankings.com.