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Cumberland, Lancaster counties break top 10 in state health rankings

Cumberland and Lancaster counties are
among the best in the state for overall health, according to a study that
ranked counties nationwide.

Cumberland and Lancaster counties are
among the best in the state for overall health, according to a study that
ranked counties nationwide.

Lancaster County ranked No. 8 and Cumberland
County ranked No. 9 out of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, according to the study
released yesterday by the New Jersey-based nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation
and the University
of Wisconsin Population Health
Institute
.

Both counties had better statistics than state averages for
most health indicators, such as birth weight, smoking percentages, availability
of health care and healthy food, mortality rates, and social factors such as
crime, poverty and education rates, according to the study.

Rankings for south central Pennsylvania’s other counties had mixed
results. Here is how each county ranked in overall health:

  • Dauphin County: No. 47
  • Lebanon County: No. 15
  • York County: No. 25

Chester County had the best overall health and Philadelphia County had the worst in the state,
according to the study. Researchers used statistics from 2000 to 2008 to
determine the rankings.

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