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Orange County has been ranked the sixth healthiest place to live in California.
ORANGE COUNTY, CA (Catholic Online) - The rankings examine a variety of factors including infant mortality, smoking rates, air pollution, and frequency of fast food restaurants. The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published the list, which was released today.
The rankings cover almost every county in all 50 states, however comparisons are made within each state. This meaning that there is no list of the nation's healthiest counties.
Orange County had lower rates of smoking, drinking, obesity, unemployment and teen birth and higher rates of physical activity and education. Last year, Orange County's Health Care Agency released a report on the life-span expectancies in the county. The report concluded that cities with higher rates of education, income, and health insurance coverage had longer life expectancies.
"The County Health Rankings show us that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor's office," said Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the foundation. "In fact, where we live, learn, work and play has a big role in determining how healthy we are and how long we live."
Here's the top 10 list for California:
2. Santa Clara
3. San Benito
5. San Mateo
9. El Dorado
10. Santa Cruz
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