North State counties among California's unhealthiest

Dec 10, 2014 3:30 PM by News Staff

The North State continues to lag behind the rest of California in overall quality of health, according to a national study released Wednesday by the United Health Foundation.

The study ranked each county within the state as well as all 50 states against one another. The study found that California ranks as the 17th healthiest state, down one spot from last year. According to the study, the nation's healthiest state is Hawaii and the unhealthiest state is Mississippi. The national obesity rate increased from 22.9 percent in 2013 to 23.5 percent in this year's report.

Of California's 58 counties, Butte County was named the 45th healthiest, Shasta County ranked 48th, Glenn County ranked 25th and Tehama County ranked 50th. The state's healthiest county was Marin and the unhealthiest was Lake.

Compared to the state averages, Butte County has a higher prevalence of adult smoking and adult obesity than the rest of California.

Take a look at the health rankings of all California counties here.


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