Fairfield County ranks second in Connecticut health

According to the County Health Ranking & Roadmaps, out of Connecticut's eight counties, Fairfield County ranks second in health, falling right behind Tolland County.

County Health Rankings measures a number of factors in determining each county's overall health score, including:

  • Health outcomes.
  • Length of life.
  • Quality of life.
  • Health factors.
  • Health behaviors.
  • Clinical care.
  • Social and economic factors.
  • Physical environment.

Out of the eight counties, Fairfield County ranked second in health outcomes and length of life, third in quality of life and health factors, fourth in social and economic factors, and sixth in clinical care and physical environment.

Fairfield County did, however, take the top spot in health behaviors, which includes:

  • Adult smoking.
  • Adult obesity.
  • Food environment index.
  • Physical inactivity.
  • Access to exercise opportunities.
  • Excessive drinking.
  • Alcohol-impaired driving deaths.
  • Sexually transmitted infections.
  • Teen births.

According to County Health Rankings' report, 94% of Fairfield County residents live reasonably close to a location for physical activity. The report also shows that Fairfield County has a birth rate of  18 births per 1,000 female population, ages 15-19.

When it comes to social and economic factors, the 86% of Fairfield County's ninth-grade cohort in public schools graduates from high school in four years.

Out of the eight counties, New Haven County ranked the lowest in health outcomes.