These are the 10 healthiest counties in Georgia

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070524 - ATLANTA/FULTON COUNTY -- Members of the Mei Zhong Yang Style Taijiquan Association do their morning routine in front of the World of Coca Cola that opens its doors to the public at 2PM Thursday, May 24, 2007 at its new site near the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park. At twice the size of its predecessor, near Underground Atlanta, the museum is the city's latest hope in making Georgia's capital a tourist destination. Its home at Pemberton Place named after Coke founder John Pemberton joins the aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, CNN Center and Imagine It, the children's museum of Atlanta, in forming a sort of attraction triangle downtown. And Coke is expecting plenty of visitors. Like the aquarium, which opened close to Thanksgiving 2005, the World of Coke is taking advantage of a holiday weekend in this case Memorial Day to draw crowds. (JOHN SPINK/ AJC staff)

The Southeast has long suffered from higher rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses than in other areas of the country. But some counties here in Georgia are healthier than others.

A new study out this week ranks the health of nearly every county in the Peach State and across the U.S. The annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps project was created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and provides a snapshot of a community’s overall health. It looks at health measures, such as rates of obesity and smoking, access to medical care, long commute times and sexually transmitted diseases.

Here are the 10 healthiest counties in Georgia with a few key measures from the rankings.

Coweta

10. Coweta County

  • 14 percent – Percentage of people who say their health is poor or fair, compared with 17 percent overall statewide
  • 27 percent – Percentage of adults who are obese, compared with 29 percent statewide
  • 2,220 – Number of residents per every one primary care physician, compared with a ratio of 1,540:1 statewide
  • 46 percent – Percentage of workers who drive long commutes along, compared with 39 percent statewide

Find out more about how healthy Coweta County is here.

Paulding

9. Paulding County

  • 14 percent – Percentage of people who say their health is poor or fair, compared with 17 percent overall statewide
  • 28 percent – Percentage of adults who are obese, compared with 29 percent statewide
  • 7,730 – Number of residents per every one primary care physician, compared with a ratio of 1,540:1 statewide
  • 64 percent – Percentage of workers who drive long commutes along, compared with 39 percent statewide

Find out more about how healthy Paulding County is here.

Columbia

8. Columbia County

  • 13 percent – Percentage of people who say their health is poor or fair, compared with 17 percent overall statewide
  • 29 percent – Percentage of adults who are obese, compared with 29 percent statewide
  • 890 – Number of residents per every one primary care physician, compared with a ratio of 1,540:1 statewide
  • 30 percent – Percentage of workers who drive long commutes along, compared with 39 percent statewide

Find out more about how healthy Columbia County is here.

Cobb

7. Cobb County

  • 14 percent – Percentage of people who say their health is poor or fair, compared with 17 percent overall statewide
  • 22 percent – Percentage of adults who are obese, compared with 29 percent statewide
  • 1,430 – Number of residents per every one primary care physician, compared with a ratio of 1,540:1 statewide
  • 50 percent – Percentage of workers who drive long commutes along, compared with 39 percent statewide

Find out more about how healthy Cobb County is here.

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6. Cherokee County

  • 13 percent – Percentage of people who say their health is poor or fair, compared with 17 percent overall statewide
  • 26 percent – Percentage of adults who are obese, compared with 29 percent statewide
  • 2,920 – Number of residents per every one primary care physician, compared with a ratio of 1,540:1 statewide
  • 53 percent – Percentage of workers who drive long commutes along, compared with 39 percent statewide

Find out more about how healthy Cherokee County is here.

Gwinnett

5. Gwinnett County

  • 15 percent – Percentage of people who say their health is poor or fair, compared with 17 percent overall statewide
  • 27 percent – Percentage of adults who are obese, compared with 29 percent statewide
  • 1,700 – Number of residents per every one primary care physician, compared with a ratio of 1,540:1 statewide
  • 53 percent – Percentage of workers who drive long commutes along, compared with 39 percent statewide

Find out more about how healthy Gwinnett County is here.

Harris

4. Harris County

  • 12 percent – Percentage of people who say their health is poor or fair, compared with 17 percent overall statewide
  • 30 percent – Percentage of adults who are obese, compared with 29 percent statewide
  • 1,630 – Number of residents per every one primary care physician, compared with a ratio of 1,540:1 statewide
  • 40 percent – Percentage of workers who drive long commutes along, compared with 39 percent statewide

Find out more about how healthy Harris County is here.

Fayette

3. Fayette County

  • 12 percent – Percentage of people who say their health is poor or fair, compared with 17 percent overall statewide
  • 29 percent – Percentage of adults who are obese, compared with 29 percent statewide
  • 910 – Number of residents per every one primary care physician, compared with a ratio of 1,540:1 statewide
  • 48 percent – Percentage of workers who drive long commutes along, compared with 39 percent statewide

Find out more about how healthy Fayette County is here.

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2. Oconee County

  • 11 percent – Percentage of people who say their health is poor or fair, compared with 17 percent overall statewide
  • 31 percent – Percentage of adults who are obese, compared with 29 percent statewide
  • 810 – Number of residents per every one primary care physician, compared with a ratio of 1,540:1 statewide
  • 25 percent – Percentage of workers who drive long commutes along, compared with 39 percent statewide

Find out more about how healthy Oconee County is here.

Forsyth

1. Forsyth County

  • 12 percent – Percentage of people who say their health is poor or fair, compared with 17 percent overall statewide
  • 26 percent – Percentage of adults who are obese, compared with 29 percent statewide
  • 2,350 – Number of residents per every one primary care physician, compared with a ratio of 1,540:1 statewide
  • 48 percent – Percentage of workers who drive long commutes along, compared with 39 percent statewide

Find out more about how healthy Forsyth County is here.

About the rankings

These rankings were compiled using more than 20 sources of data, such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. (You can read more about the methods used to develop the rankings here.)

You can also explore the data for your own county here or use our interactive map showing every Georgia county.

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