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Traveler’s Guide to Nursing and Allied Health: Healthiest Counties

A recent survey ranked U.S. counties from unhealthiest to healthiest in all 50 states. How did your county rank?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in Madison recently released their 2023 County Health Rankings, and the results probably won’t surprise most travel nurses and allied health professionals. Counties in each of the 50 states were examined on dozens of policies and programs, health factors, and resulting health outcomes based on data collected between 2014 to 2022 to determine overall quality and length of life. Premature death, infant mortality, low birth weight, diabetes prevalence, and physical and mental distress frequency were some of the elements measured.


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Top-ranked counties included Marin County, California; Collin County, Texas; Collier County, Florida; and Putnam County, New York.

Type in your zip code and see how your county ranks here.

The findings reveal how social and economic factors impact health in addition to physical and environmental factors, clinical care, and health behaviors.

Americans are doing better in many health categories, with heart disease and cancer death rates declining. However, according to the CDC, average life expectancy fell to 76.4 years, the shortest in nearly two decades. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) provide guidance, tools, and resources to advance community learning and action



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