On the heels of Naples ranking highest in the country in well-being comes the annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute’s County Health Rankings, which place Southwest Florida among the healthiest areas in the state.
Collier County placed second behind St. John’s County. Lee County came in 11th, up one spot from last year. The rankings are based on myriad health data, including lifespan, obesity, access to quality care, insured rates, physical inactivity, pollution and more.
This is the fifth year Collier has come in second. In general, it ranked high when it comes to quality of life and healthy behaviors. If there’s an area for improvement, it’s in clinical care. The county has a relatively high uninsured rate and a high population-to-physician ratio. The similar scenario held true for Lee County, including poor quality of drinking water, which is an issue statewide.
Explore the county-by-county data here.