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How does your county measure up when it comes to health?

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When it comes to health in the Garden State's 21 counties, there's northern New Jersey … and then there's everywhere else.

On Wednesday, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released its health rankings for counties around the country, including New Jersey.

The rankings, which rank the nation’s counties within their states, provide a snapshot of how health is influenced by where people live, learn, work and play. The two factors of length and quality of life are weighed equally.

Here’s how New Jersey’s counties stack up:

  1. Hunterdon
  2. Morris
  3. Somerset
  4. Bergen
  5. Sussex
  6. Middlesex
  7. Monmouth
  8. Union
  9. Warren
  10. Ocean
  11. Burlington
  12. Mercer
  13. Hudson
  14. Gloucester
  15. Passaic
  16. Cape May
  17. Atlantic
  18. Camden
  19. Salem
  20. Essex
  21. Cumberland

And here is how New Jersey’s counties fare in terms of health factors, based on weighted scores for health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment:

  1. Hunterdon
  2. Somerset
  3. Morris
  4. Bergen
  5. Monmouth
  6. Middlesex
  7. Sussex
  8. Mercer
  9. Burlington
  10. Warren
  11. Ocean
  12. Union
  13. Gloucester
  14. Cape May
  15. Camden
  16. Hudson
  17. Passaic
  18. Atlantic
  19. Essex
  20. Salem
  21. Cumberland

The rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources. These measures are standardized and combined using scientifically informed weights.

The goal of the rankings is to provide a starting point for change in the community by raising awareness about the many factors that influence health and that health varies from place to place — not to produce lists of the healthiest 10 to 20 counties in the nation.

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Emily Bader

Emily Bader

Emily Bader is the Web Editor and Social Media Coordinator at NJBIZ. She is a Brielle, N.J. native and a Rutgers University alum. You can contact her at emilyb@njbiz.com.

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