Northeast Florida county rankings — from the best to the worst

The 2012 County Health Rankings have been released and Northeast Florida’s counties run the full gamut — from the top spot in the state to the bottom five.

St. Johns County ranked #1 overall, after securing the #3 and #2 spots for the last two years. Clay County maintained its ranking of sixth from last year.

Baker County, on the other hand, dropped from #60 in 2010 to #63 —  putting it in the bottom five of 67 counties. Nassau and Duval counties held steady in the middle of the pack.

Overall rankings:

  • St. Johns — 1
  • Clay — 6
  • Nassau — 27
  • Duval — 44 
  • Baker — 63

The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released the rankings for three years. They take into account factors like premature death and low birth weight babies, in addition to health behaviors, socioeconomic factors and physical environment.

Several key maternal and child health factors were tied into the rankings, including low birth weight births, teen birth rate and sexually transmitted infections

See how the Northeast Florida counties fared in 2011.