Hunterdon is the healthiest county in New Jersey, and Cumberland is the least healthy, according to data the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute compiled. The county health rankings are based on mortality and morbidity rates; behavioral factors, including tobacco and alcohol rates; access to hospitals; and socioeconomic factors such as income and education.
The five healthiest of New Jersey’s 21 counties are Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Bergen and Sussex, the report found. The five unhealthiest are Cumberland, Essex, Salem, Camden and Atlantic.
Hunterdon and Cumberland had other striking differences: The poverty rates were 3 percent and 20 percent, respectively, and Cumberland had 15 times the teen birth rate of Hunterdon. The rural southern county also had six times the rate of sexually transmitted diseases