Chester County is among the healthiest counties in Pennsylvania, while Delaware County ranks among the lower half, according to the latest County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, writes John George for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The annual rankings examined a number of factors, including health outcomes, health behavior, and physical environment.
Overall, Chester County was near the top, placing third out of 67 counties. It came first for Social and Economic Factors, which includes percentage of residents with high school diplomas and some college, and Quality of Life, which includes percentage of residents in poor or fair health.
Chester County had its worst showing in Physical Environment, such as air pollution and drinking water violations, placing 49th.
Overall, Delaware County ranked 47th out of the 67 counties. It fared well, placing sixth, in Health Behavior, which factors in adult smoking, adult obesity, and excessive drinking.
Delaware County had its worst showing in Quality of Life, ranking 59th.
According to the analysis, Philadelphia is the unhealthiest county in the state.
Read more about the health of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in the Philadelphia Business Journal here.