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The Least Healthy County in Every State

24/7 Wall St.: “By many health measures, the United States, a nation of over 320 million, is an anomaly. Despite health spending approaching $10,000 per person — which amounts to twice and even three times the spending in other affluent nations — the United States ranks 28th in life expectancy among wealthy countries, according to the most recent Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development data. Understanding the obstacles the United States faces in achieving better health requires a review of the regional differences in the behaviors, health care, and socioeconomic conditions that can affect health. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed county-level health rankings from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program.The health of Americans varies tremendously not just between states, but within each state. In some U.S. counties — even in the healthiest states — health outcomes are surprisingly poor, especially for one of the wealthiest nations on earth. In Collier County, Florida, the premature mortality rate — people dying of largely preventable causes before age 75 — is 216 deaths per 100,000 residents. In Union County, Florida, the rate is 924 premature deaths per 100,000 people.

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