The annual health rankings for every county in the United States were announced this week and Cache County remains among the top five in Utah.
Pat Remington, Associate Dean for Public Health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, said Cache County ranks high in health behaviors and clinical care, but low in the physical environment numbers.
“High rates of particulates, which come from automobiles and factories,” Remington explained. “And those aren’t good for our health. If you are making the right health choices and seeing your doctor and have a good job and a good education — and you’re breathing bad air — you’re not going to live as long and as healthy a life as you could.”
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation compiles the national County Health Rankings, looking at more than 30 factors including poverty, education, transportation, and jobs that influence how long and how well people live.
This year’s rankings also take a closer look at the links between housing and health, including the impact of the housing affordability crisis, residential segregation and trends in renting vs. home ownership.