Survey Says Life’s Good Here
First in a series examining this very detailed study of local data
Fayette County is the 17th healthiest county in Texas and the healthiest among our neighboring counties, according to data from a nationwide survey released on March 29.
The 2017 County Health Rankings survey was conducted by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Researchers collected data from more than 20 sources such as the Centers for Disease Control, the National Center for Health Statistics and the US Census Bureau. Some of the more than 30 data points used in the ranking include hospital stays, obesity rates, injury deaths, water and air quality, sexually transmitted disease rates, number of mammography screenings and more.
Among the findings, Fayette County ranked 8th in quality of life and 43rd in length of life among the 254 counties in Texas. The survey showed that 22 percent of Fayette County residents are uninsured, slightly below the state average of 23 percent. The county’s rate of preventable hospital stays was 38 in 1,000, compared to the state average of 65 in 1,000.
To view the survey rankings and data, visit http://countyhealthrankings.org.
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