L.A. County Ranks 26th in the State For Residents' Health
How are you feeling? No, really: How's your health? If you could rank yourself as being in "poor" or "fair" health, you'd be in the company of 22% of Los Angeles County residents, which is just one of the contributing statistics that found us ranked 26 out of 56 in the state when it comes to our health.
The ranking and data comes from a recently released report through a collaboration between The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, who have made one report per state in order to show the connection between where we live and our health. The goal of the project is to help "community leaders see that where we live, learn, work, and play influences how healthy we are and how long we live."
In LA County, 28% of residents are uninsured. And the percentage of folks who smoke (15%) is just a beat shy of the number who drink too much (16%). Speaking of drinking too much, one of the factors reported is "Liquor Store Density," as in the number of liquor stores per 100,000 population. In Los Angeles, that number is 11, which is two above the state number of nine.
To help residents improve their health, the report includes related links to programs and policies aimed at addressing the health concerns.
Wondering where to go to be among the healthiest Californians? Get on up to Marin County, where almost a quarter of the population drinks excessively, but, damn, if they don't feel great.