Once again, suburban counties are the healthiest in Georgia, while rural counties remain the least healthy, according to a 2014 ranking released Wednesday.
Forsyth is ranked the healthiest county in Georgia in 2014, followed by Fayette, Oconee, Gwinnett, and Cherokee. The rankings were reported in the fifth annual County Health Rankings, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The same five counties were also at the top, and in the same order, in the 2013 rankings. All are in the northern or north-central part of the state, and all are in the Atlanta metropolitan area except for Oconee, which is in the Athens metropolitan area.
Numbers 6 through 10 in the 2014 county rankings are Cobb, Columbia, Morgan, Coweta and Rockdale.
The five counties in the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are Clay, Taliaferro, Warren, Stewart and Turner.
Clay, in southwest Georgia along the Alabama line, was also ranked last among Georgia’s 159 counties in the 2013 rankings. full story