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Here Are The 10 Unhealthiest Cities In Virginia

After bringing you a list of the healthiest cities and counties in Virginia, it seems only fair that we look at the other side of the coin. Where are the areas that have a less than perfect health record?

To figure out which cities and counties are the least healthy in the state, we’ve returned to County Health Rankings, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program that helps to map out health and wellness in communities across the country. By analyzing Clinical Care (access to mental and physical health facilities), Health Behaviors (smoking, physical activity, obesity, etc.), Social and Economic Factors (education levels, poverty levels, crime rates, etc.) and Physical Environment (air and water quality, quality housing, commute times, etc.), County Health Rankings has ranked 133 independent cities and counties in Virginia.

With #1 being the lowest ranked city, the following list also includes County Health Rankings’ original overall rank. See what you think…

What’s perhaps most interesting to note when looking at Virginia’s least healthy areas is how health and wealth are almost inextricably connected to one another. Lower socio-economic factors undeniably play a part in the overall health and well being of a community. It is certainly my hope for the future that we will see ongoing efforts to provide better healthcare, increase access to healthy foods and continued health education – no matter where you live in the state.

What do you think of the results? Are you surprised? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Anna Strock
Virginia staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance writer and journalist. Even though Anna has lived other places, somehow Virginia is where she always seems to land.