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Wake ranked healthiest NC county for fifth consecutive year

Posted March 26, 2014

— Wake County has been deemed the healthiest in North Carolina for the fifth consecutive year, according to an annual study released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Orange County, ranked second since the study started in 2010, fell to third this year behind Watauga County.

Rankings are determined by examining each county’s physical environment, social and economic factors, clinical care and health behaviors.

The annual study, a partnership between the foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, examines a variety of issues that affect health, including high school graduation rates, access to healthy foods, smoking, obesity and teen births for nearly every county nationwide.

"We rank because it brings attention to a lot of factors that influence health in our communities," said Joe Marx, foundation spokesperson. "It's not just health care. Education, obesity, how active we are. But also things like housing and transportation. It brings that big picture to health and allows community leaders to act on that to make things healthier for the people in our communities."

Wake County maintained its top spot by ranking first in health outcomes (how long people live and how healthy people feel while alive) and second in health factors (health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environments).

Orange was the only other Triangle county in the top 10. Chatham (11), Moore (13) and Durham (17) also made the top 20.


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  • WolfPackAlum Mar 27, 2014

    >>"There could be a story about puppies that cure childhood cancer and there would be a list of people who come on here and who disagree and be upset."

    But those job killing socialist puppies are putting oncologists out of business! ;)

  • Ryan Kurtz Mar 27, 2014
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    These comments are just a prime example at how the people of the internet are mad at everything, even at a positive story like this. There could be a story about puppies that cure childhood cancer and there would be a list of people who come on here and who disagree and be upset. God, get over yourselves. It's an article about Wake County being healthy. Go whine about politics and other things that are worth whining about.

  • Super Hans Mar 27, 2014

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    Nope, it's 100% true.

  • Ty Shrake Mar 27, 2014
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    Stereotype much? Let me guess... everyone in the city is thin, in shape and highly educated, right?

  • glarg Mar 27, 2014

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    This is completely incorrect.

    Demographically Republicans are more likely to be college educated, live in suburbs, make more than $50,000, be married with children and give to charity.

    Additionally the NY Times poll found "Tea Party members are wealthier and better educated than the general public"

  • Chris Perry Mar 27, 2014
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    I live in wake county and work in the country. everyone in the country is fat and out of shape. You will never see people grocery shopping in workout clothes out here.

    This may be the most ignorant statement that I have ever seen posted on this site.

  • iopsyc Mar 27, 2014

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    The methods are available for your reading pleasure on the study site.
    If you read it, perhaps you'll see why your kneejerk reaction to the measure is wrong. Perhaps not. But you should at least give it a shot.

  • Obamacare returns again Mar 27, 2014

    It's simple really.....Republicans are generally poor and uneducated country folk and it's a proven fact that poor people do not eat health conscious meals. The poor eat what they can afford, which is mostly processed food which leads to obesity.

  • whatdowehavehere Mar 27, 2014

    The comments on here are so funny. Obamacare returns again- Really? a party affiliation determined the outcome of the results?
    Jimmytwotimes - Really? All country folk are fat?
    archmaker- Very well said, and funny.
    I'm almost to the point of thinking if WRAL spoke of icecream that some of the comments would turn to political or in some way putting someone down. Whatever it takes to make you feel better about yourselves. Just sad.

  • glarg Mar 27, 2014

    " "It's not just health care. Education, obesity, how active we are. But also things like housing and transportation."

    Ok, its a stupid metric then.

    If someone moves into a brand new house does that jump them 10 spots in healthiness? Of course not. The number of buses buzzying by has no impact on health.