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New Hanover County among top 10 healthiest counties in North Carolina

New Hanover County, N.C. – New Hanover County is the 10th overall healthiest county in North Carolina according to a new report released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The County Health Rankings are the first to rank the overall health of the counties in all 50 states – more than 3,000 total – by using a standard formula to measure how healthy people are and how long they live.

The 10 healthiest counties in NC are:  Wake #1, Watauga #2, Orange #3, Union #4, Camden #5, Mecklenburg #6, Davie #7, Dare #8, Cabarrus #9, and New Hanover #10.  In the surrounding area counties ranked are:  New Hanover #10, Pender #25, Onslow #24 Brunswick #34, Carteret #33, Robeson #97, Bladen #91 and Columbus #100.  The 2014 County Health Rankings mark the fifth year all counties across the United States have been ranked according to factors, ranging from individual behavior to quality of health care, to education and jobs, to access to healthy foods, and to quality of the air.  New Hanover ranked fifth in NC for Clinical Care, 15th for Health Behaviors, 10th for Mortality (length of life), 17th for Morbidity (quality of life), 15th for Social and Economic Factors, and 31st for Physical Environment. 

“The County Health Rankings provide a snapshot of the health of residents in New Hanover County. The rankings show us that much of what influences our health happens outside the doctor’s office,” said David Rice, New Hanover County Health Director.

The report, available online at, includes a snapshot of each county in North Carolina with a color coded map comparing each county’s overall health ranking.  The many health factors they looked at include: rates of adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking, and teenage pregnancy; the number of uninsured adults, availability of primary care providers, and preventable hospital stays; rates of high school graduation, number of children in poverty, rates of violent crime, access to healthy foods and air pollution levels.

“I hope this report engages all segments of our community to identify our unhealthy habits and explore ways we can work together for better health,” Rice added. 

For more information, visit the New Hanover County Health Department’s Social Media Outlets: and