Fulton County 26th in health ranking

Staff report

Fulton County ranked 26th out of Ohio’s 88 counties in the Health Outcomes category, one of two categories in the annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin, Population Health Institute overall health rankings in the state.

Characteristics in Health Outcomes are length and quality of life. The healthiest Ohio county in the category is Delaware County; the least healthiest is Pike County.

In a second category, Health Factors, which mesures health behaviors, clinical care, poverty, income, education level, and physical enviroment, Fulton County ranked 14th.

Data compiled in the study shows: 12 percent of residents are uninsured, which is a percentage below the state average; the high school graduation rate is 97 percent, well above an 83 percent state average; the children in poverty rate is 15 percent, below the state average of 23 percent but still considered too high.

County health rankings provide a snapshot to compare the overall health of nearly every county in the nation. The rankings are based on a wide range of 35 characteristics including adult smoking, physical inactivity, number of individuals that are uninsured, high school graduation rate, drinking water violations, and the number of primary care physicians, among others.

To view the entire report, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org.

Staff report