The study found that those living in the healthiest counties tend to have higher education levels, are more likely to be employed, have access to more health care providers, and have better access to healthy foods, parks and recreational facilities.
The least healthy counties are more likely to have high poverty and unemployment rates, more liquor stores and fast food outlets, and higher obesity and smoking rates.
The series, titled "Shortened Lives: Where You Live Matters," noted a 16 year difference in life expectancy among those living just a few miles apart. The series also revealed wide differences in rates of asthma hospitalizations, heart disease and cancer death.
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Morrow noted that in the United States, the healthiest areas are typically the wealthiest. social policy as much as anything else," he said.
The rankings "underscore the need for local health departments to continue their important work to delve even deeper to address health disparities and inequities for all people living in a county," Brunner said.
Many of the lowest ranked counties had premature death rates two to three times higher than other counties. The deaths often were caused by preventable conditions.
"These rankings demonstrate that health happens where we live, learn, work and play," said Dr. Risa Lavizzo Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Scott Morrow, a San Mateo County health officer, said he was not surprised by his county's high ranking in the study.
"There are wide health disparities within Contra Costa," said Dr. Wendel Brunner, the county's public health director.
Contra Costa County came in at 19th, Alameda County at 23rd, and Solano County at 28th. Researchers analyzed 56 of the 58 California counties.
"That's reflective of our affluence," he said. "San Mateo County has few pockets of poverty."
The study ranked Contra Costa County as the best in the state for physical environment, including air quality, access to healthy food and lower rates of liquor stores.
The rankings enable residents to compare how their county stacks up against others within each state based on how long people live, how healthy they are, the quality of medical care, access to healthy food, air pollution, percentage of residents who smoke or are obese, and numerous other categories.
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"It's easier for people to lead a healthy lifestyle when they live in a healthy community, such as one that has expanded early childhood education, enacted smoke free laws, increased access to healthier foods, or created more opportunities for physical activity," said Dr. Patrick Remington, associate dean for public health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
He noted that children living in San Pablo and Richmond have much higher asthma hospitalization rates than other youths in the county.
it has a 15 year difference in life expectancy based on residents' race and where they live in the county.
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Many factors contribute to the disparities, health leaders say, beyond whether residents adopt healthy behaviors.
A Contra Costa County health leader praised the study but said it does not reveal the entire story because it misses the differences that exist within each county.
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The findings mirror on a county level the Bay Area News Group report in December that revealed wide health disparities among East Bay ZIP codes.
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Several Bay Area counties ranked among the healthiest in California, including Santa Clara County at fourth best, and San Mateo County at fifth.
But Brunner noted that neighborhoods near busy freeways in Contra Costa still suffer health consequences from diesel emissions.
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