Where do New Jersey’s healthiest people live? Here’s how your county ranks
Susan K. Livio | NJ Advance Media
Where are New Jersey’s healthiest people?
Leafy, affluent Morris displaced equally prosperous and rural Hunterdon as the healthiest county in New Jersey, according to interviews and data measuring personal habits, educational and financial achievement and access to medical care.
Hardscrabble and sparsely populated Cumberland County ranked at the bottom, as it has in previous reports. This is the ninth report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The goal is for government, business and community leaders to use the information to advocate for positive changes, such as adding clinic programs for uninsured or under-insured people or building a park or recreation center.
“No one should have less of an opportunity to be a healthy because of where they live,” Marjorie Paloma, the foundation’s program director said during a morning press conference announcing the latest report at the Statehouse in Trenton.
Analysts created the rankings by collecting the most recent data on 35 factors that measure quality of life and “quantity” of life — the percent of the population that lives to 75 and older.
From last to first, here is a quick snapshot of each county’s health profile.
Cumberland County post Sandy blues
This 2015 file photo shows houses that were destroyed in Hurricane Sandy in Bay Point, Downe Township in Cumberland County. It once again ranks last in healthiest counties in New Jersey. (David Gard / For NJ Advance Media)
21. Cumberland County
Largely rural and economically disadvantaged Cumberland County has ranked at the bottom of the health county report card since it began nine years ago.
Household income is a driving factor behind a lot of health outcomes, and once again, Cumberland reported the lowest media household income at $49,110, according to Census data. New Jersey’s median household income was $76,126.
The child poverty rate is 25 percent, compared to New Jersey’s 15 percent rate. It’s even higher among black children (30 percent) and Hispanic children (36 percent).
In the plus column, the percent of uninsured citizens declined, and the percentage of people with diabetes who are monitored is up. High school graduation rates improved, too.
Camden County is home to the beloved Adventure Aquarium. But it’s also home to high obesity rates, as well as higher-than state average child poverty and unemployment rates. (Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media)
19. Camden County
Down from 18th healthiest in 2017, Camden County suffers because it has slightly higher child poverty and unemployment rate than the rest of New Jersey, and more of its citizens are obese. But drunken-driving deaths are down and its high school graduation rate is up.
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