County Health Rankings Released

A recently released study ranks Georgia counties on how healthy they are based on a number of different factors.

The study, released last month, ranks Stephens County as 83rd of 159 counties in Georgia in a ranking of the healthiest counties in the state.

The annual County Health Rankings were put together and released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

It measures vital health factors like high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births.

Looking at how other area counties rank statewide in the study, Habersham County ranks as the 15th healthiest county in the state; Franklin County ranks 101st on the list of healthiest counties; Banks County ranks as the 48th healthiest county in the state; and Hart County ranks as the 61st healthiest county in Georgia.

Meanwhile in South Carolina, Oconee County ranks as the 17th healthiest county in that state.