Rockingham County gets top health rating; Coos is last
CONCORD (AP) - A new report once again ranks Rockingham County as NH's healthiest, while Coos County remains at the bottom of the list.
The sixth annual report released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute rates counties nationwide in two categories - health outcomes and health factors.
Health outcomes are measured by longevity and quality of life. Health factors include tobacco, alcohol and drug use; access to and quality of health care; air and water quality; and income, education and employment among others.
This year's rankings of the 10 Granite State counties - from healthiest to least healthy - are Rockingham, Grafton, Merrimack, Belknap, Hillsborough, Cheshire, Carroll, Strafford, Sullivan and Coos.