Northern California may just be one of the healthiest places to live in all of the United States. Living healthy is a thing out here. It’s important for us to eat farm to table if we can. We try to exercise and if we don’t we know we know should. We’ve got some of the strictest non-smoking laws, and between the weather and our love of the great outdoors we do a pretty good job paying attention to our health.
But, how do we rank within ourselves? Which of our counties ranks the best? According to
California Health Rankings, we’ve got some answers.
13. Contra Costa County
Ranking 13 for healthiest NORCAL counties, Mount Diablo is just one landmark that reminds us we're in Contra Costa County. This area is dotted with both large and small towns. Cyclists and joggers can be spotted at all times of the day because their health matters. Obviously.
12. Nevada County
Nevada is the Spanish word for "snow-covered," and more than likely refers to the snow capped Sierra Nevadas during winter. But we need water to make snow and haven't seen too much of it. Nevada County is where you can camp or ski at Donner Lake, or enjoy a trip to Grass Valley or the county seat to enjoy a little gold rush history.
11. Tuolomne County
One of the smaller populated counties on our list, Tuolomne County had 55,000 people here according to the 2010 census. With over one million acres of land, this county is home to Yosemite Park and a lot of people who take their health very seriously.
10. Santa Cruz County
Whether you love the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk or you're more of a Big Basin State Park kind of person, this county is healthy. Big lovers of the outdoors, these folks can be found doing lots of healthy things. Hiking, biking, or surfing? Which do you like best?
9. Yolo County
Much of Yolo County is rural. As a matter of fact, over 90% of the tomato agriculture in the U.S. happens here. U.C. Davis makes its home here and so do over 200,000 pretty healthy folks.
8. San Francisco
The City by the Bay does pretty well health-wise. With only 12% confirmed smokers and 11% considered in fair or poor health, they are doing great.
7. El Dorado County
El Dorado County has grown by leaps and bounds as families have been coming here since the 1960 Winter Olympics were hosted at Squaw Valley. The Greater Sacramento area is migrating this way and along with all the people, they're healthy to boot!
6. Napa County
Once home to Native Americans, the first European settlers arrived in 1823. Napa may be mostly known for their wine (which is on par with France, by the way) but as far as healthy citizens they're pretty amazing, too.
5. Sonoma County
With over 250 wineries here, Sonoma County also ranks 32nd in the country with agricultural production. Plus, they rank in the top ten of healthiest counties in ALL the state.
4. Placer County
This lovely building is the courthouse in Auburn, the county seat. Made up of 1500 square miles of land and 95 square miles of water, this area is also made up of some very healthy people.
3. Santa Clara County
The county seat to this healthy county is San Jose, which is the 10th most populated city in the U.S. Also, Silicon Valley is pretty much the mother ship of technology in all the world. Have we mentioned they're very healthy?
2. San Mateo County
Over 718,000 people call this county home. The county seat is Redwood City and they excel in the "good health" department.
1. Marin County
Drum roll please....ranking first in best overall health is the lovely Marin County. Among many other reasons for this distinction, 96% of this whole county has access to physical activity. Well, aren't they lucky?
Where does YOUR county rank? Better yet, what are you doing to live a healthy lifestyle? Share your health tips below.