Marin is California's Healthiest County

A report released Tuesday found that Marin County residents are the healthiest and live the longest of residents of any county in California! The 2019 County Health Rankings evaluated counties across the U.S. on the health of residents and how long they live.

The 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Report is an annual collaborative effort between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in Madison. The report ranked every county by two metrics: Health outcomes, measured by factors such as premature deaths, percentage of people in poor or fair health, the number of poor physical and mental health days taken and babies with low birthweight; and health factors, measured by factors such as health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and the physical environment.

Marin landed at the top of the rankings for the ninth time in 10 years. Among the remaining North Bay counties, Napa ranked No. 7, immediately followed by Sonoma at No. 8. Solano County ranked No. 22 and Mendocino County came in at No. 41. Lake County came in last.

Length of Life is partially determined by a "premature death" metric that estimates years of potential life lost before age 75 per 100,000 population (age-adjusted). Marin's score of 3,100 was the third lowest of any county in the nation, trailing only Arlington, Va. (2,900), and Pritkin, Colo. (3,000).  According to the new report, Marin and Santa Cruz counties are tied for first place when it comes to the number of residents who are physically active. Only Santa Cruz County has fewer obese residents than Marin. And Marin is tied with four other counties for the third-lowest percentage of residents who smoke tobacco, 10 percent.

For the full report, click here.

For comparison data, click here.