Of all the 62 counties in New York State, several Central and Northern New York counties have ranked the worst when it comes to the overall health of its residents.
County Health Rankings measures how long people live and how healthy people feel.
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
“The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income inequality, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play,” CountyHealthRankings.org describes on their website.
Length of life is measured by premature death (years of potential life lost before age 75) and quality of life is measured by self-reported health status (percent of people reporting poor or fair health and the number of physically and mentally unhealthy days within the last 30 days) and the percent of low birth weight newborns, according to CountyHealthRankings.org.
According to their findings, a majority of the bottom counties (the worst in the rankings) are in Western New York. Cattaraugus County comes in at 60 of 62, and Erie, Niagara, and Chautauqua Counties rank 56,59 and 59, respectively.
Wayne County is No. 51 on the list. Oneida and Oswego take the two spots above it.
Onondaga County just borders the lower half percentile of worst overall health at number 34 on the list.
Topping the list is all downstate counties– number one is Rockland County, followed by Nassau, Westchester, Saratoga and New York Counties.