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St. Johns Ranked As Florida’s Healthiest County

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St. George Street in St. Augustine.

A study that looked at a variety of factors to determine how healthy people are in counties across the country ranked St. Johns County No. 1.

The 2019 County Health Rankings report was put together by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The rankings are meant to help counties understand influences on residents' health and longevity.

St. Johns County topped the lists in both health outcomes and health factors, while Duval County was ranked 44th for health outcomes and 32nd for health factors.

Some key findings from the study included a pervasive “severe housing cost burden,” which affects more than 10 percent of households nationwide.


In some counties, as many as 800,000 households are paying more than half of their income on rent or mortgage, according to the study.

Researchers found big differences in rates of child poverty, food insecurity, and self-rated fair or poor health between counties with the highest and lowest housing cost burdens.  


See a direct comparison between Duval and St. Johns counties, or select different county comparisons, such as for Baker, Clay, or Nassau.

The full Florida and national reports are available at County Health Rankings

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

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Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.