Tampa Bay area counties in middle of the pack in health survey
In a new study of comparative health, Hillsborough and Pinellas rank near the middle of the pack among Florida’s 67 counties.
The study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute compares counties based on 29 factors, including smoking rates, obesity, access to primary care doctors, air pollution, children in poverty and access to mental health providers.
Hillsborough ranked 31st and Pinellas 35th. Pasco and Hernando lagged behind, ranking 42nd and 50th, respectively. St. Johns County was the healthiest in Florida. Union County ranked last.