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March 19
​Four Years Running: Wake County Again Named North Carolina’s Healthiest County

For the fourth consecutive year, County Health Rankings has named Wake County the healthiest county in North Carolina.

"I'm proud that Wake County has achieved the top ranking for four years in a row," said Jessica Holmes, chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. "We've earned this distinction by making key investments to improve access to mental healthcare, address food insecurity, provide affordable and safe housing, and expand greenways and open spaces while keenly focusing on social and economic vitality. Through these efforts and many others, we're making a positive difference in the overall health of our one million residents."

“We are honored to be ranked number one out of all 100 counties in the state,” said Wake County Human Services Director Regina Petteway. "The information provided by the County Health Rankings is beneficial, because it helps us focus on gaps between populations and highlights areas where we can work with our partners to make our community even better."

The County Health Rankings is an easy-to-use snapshot comparing the overall health of nearly every county in the nation. In North Carolina, several categories in which Wake County excelled include:

  • Health outcomes, including length and quality of life;
     
  • Health behaviors, including the low rates of smoking, teen births and physical inactivity; and
  • Social and economic factors, including the county’s low unemployment rate, income inequality rate and low violent crime rate.

According to the County Health Rankings, no matter where a community ranks, it can continue to improve. Although Wake County was ranked number one, we are moving forward with efforts to do even more to enhance the health of our population.

The Community Health Needs Assessment is currently under way and will prioritize the county’s most urgent health needs to improve the quality of life for residents. This assessment is expected to be finalized this summer. 

The rankings come from a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. They compare counties across each state on more than 30 factors that impact health, including social determinants such as education, jobs, housing, exercise, commuting times and more. The 2019 County Health Rankings is available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

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