The annual County Health Rankings, conducted by the University of Wisconsin and sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, grade localities on a variety of health outcomes and factors.
Select your county from the menus below to see how it stacked up against others in your state. Rankings data is shown separately for 2012, 2013 and 2014.
For a full description of the methodology, visit the county health rankings website. The online hub also includes a searchable map and idea centers for policymakers to confront the challenges presented by the findings.
With insurers on the health exchanges no longer allowed to use underwriting rules like policyholder's weight, blood pressure, medical history and physical fitness, geography will now be the primary factor used to set prices.
Local and state officials believe the immigration overhaul bill will encourage those in the country illegally to come out of the shadows and turn to local services during the proposed 13-year-long pathway to citizenship.
Though premature deaths across the United States have reached a 20-year low, the gap between the healthiest and unhealthiest counties is still wide, according to a new report.
View an interactive map with health costs for each country, and read our first-ever International Issue online Feb. 1.
Many states' mental health funding declined in recent years, but now some lawmakers have focused their attention on the issue after last week's shooting deaths in Newtown, Conn. View charts and spending amounts for each state.
Offering financial incentives to boost services in select areas is common for economic development -- but rarely, if ever, used to reduce health disparities.
Community health centers in New Hampshire were the most likely to keep diabetics' blood sugar under control. Vermont’s health centers had the best child immunization rates. Maine’s centers had the highest percent of pregnant women getting early prenatal care.
As Kansas lawmakers consider making it easier to open a casino, public health advocates are assessing the residual health effects.
Lincoln Heights, Ohio's turnaround may be a model for other troubled areas.
A new social network helps local health departments and community organizations connect, stay up-to-date on emerging trends and mine through extensive data sets.
Studying the health impact of projects in various sectors, particularly transportation, could influence future policymaking.
While a myriad of factors determine a community’s overall health, a strong correlation exists between median household income and health outcomes, according to Governing’s analysis of data from the 2012 County Health Rankings, conducted by the University of Wisconsin and sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The county executive has been key to helping Cuyahoga County, Ohio bounce back after a massive corruption scandal. Now he’d like to lead the whole state.