Virginia, Tennessee counties ranked by health

A new study shows our health could be affected by where we live.

The fifth edition of County Health Rankings shows there are still big gaps between the nation's healthiest and unhealthiest counties. The report analyzed 29 factors that impact health, including smoking, graduation rates, unemployment, physical activity, and access to healthy foods.

Researchers say the least healthy counties have twice the death rates, twice as many children living in poverty, and twice the teen birth rate than the healthiest counties.

We did some research on a recent study by the the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and found that out of 133 counties in Virginia, Southwest Virginia ranked the lowest on the health ratings -- Tazewell is ranked 132, Buchanan is 131, and Dickenson is ranked 130.

Out of 95 counties studied in Tennessee, Northeast Tennessee ranked in the middle of the pack. Greene County is ranked 60, and Hawkins County is ranked 58. Washington County, Tennessee came in on top at 19.

Click here to view the full list of rankings.

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