You can get basic information from a new report that ranks every county in each state (countyhealthrankings.org). It’s based on how long residents live (mortality) and how healthy they consider themselves (morbidity). Criteria also include access to health care; rates of smoking, binge drinking and obesity; and air pollution levels and other factors. You can search by map or county name at the site, which was prepared by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with data from 2000 to 2008.
Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues.