A statewide report on Texas health ranked three Austin-area counties favorably. Of 237 counties ranked, Williamson County came in third place, Hays County in fifth and Travis County ninth. The report, released in late March by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), underscores that where we live matters to our health.
The report compares counties on 30 factors including smoking, high school graduation rates, income inequality, employment, physical activity, access to healthy foods and more.
“While we are pleased to be among the top ranked counties in Texas, there is more to be done to make this community the healthiest in the nation,” said Carlos Rivera, director of Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services. “We will use this data to address health equity gaps within our population.”
This is the sixth annual rankings, published online at countyhealthrankings.org.