Since 2009, Marin County has been found to be the healthiest in all of California. The ranking is conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and compares counties against over 30 different factors that influence health. These include:
- Health care access
- Life span
- Quality of life
- Healthy behaviors
- Socioeconomic factors
- Physical environment
"Community investments such as reserving land for open space and social norms around healthy eating and staying active have helped Marin maintain our ranking," states Dr. Grant Colfax, director of Marin County's Department of Health and Human Services.
For all major categories except physical environment, Marin ranked either first, second or third best in the state. Fewer Marin County residents per 100,000 die before age 75 than any other county with significant data. Marin's rates of adult smoking, obesity, physical inactivity and teen births are all below the state average.
In the health care category, Marin residents' access is above the state average. Marin County also ranked second to San Francisco with its 150-to-1 ratio of mental health providers and it ranked third in the state with its 930-to-1 ratio of dentists.
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