The 2016 County Health Rankings were released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The County Health Rankings provide a snapshot comparing the overall health of nearly every county in the nation demonstrating that where we live influences how well and how long we live.
According to the 2016 County Health Rankings, Pitt County moved from the 39th rank to 59th rank (100 being the worst) in health outcomes and from the 44th rank to 57th rank in health factors. Pitt County's rank among health behaviors (adult smoking, adult obesity, food environment index, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol consumption, alcohol-impaired deaths and sexually transmitted infections) moved from 57th to 76th. Quality of life also worsened for Pitt County moving from the 53rd rank to the 77th rank. Pitt County's physical environment including pollution, severe housing problems and commute time to work, moved from 62nd to 68th. Length of life or premature death (death before age 75 years) saw little change moving from 39th to 40th.