Health rankings show Pee Dee counties fare poorly in South Carolina

Health rankings show Pee Dee counties fare poorly in South Carolina

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A report published this week offered a snapshot at how healthy South Carolina's 46 counties are.

The annual County Health Rankings takes a look at a "variety of measures that affect the future health of communities."

Those measures include high school graduation rates, access to healthy foods, rates of smoking, obesity and teen births.

In South Carolina, Beaufort was the healthiest county at No. 1, while Marion County came in last at No. 46.

Here are how Grand Strand and Pee Dee counties fared in the rankings:

  • Horry County – No. 17
  • Georgetown County – No. 22
  • Florence County – No. 33
  • Darlington County – No. 35
  • Williamsburg County – No. 41
  • Marlboro County – No. 44
  • Dillon County – No. 45
  • Marion County – No. 46

Across the state, the rankings found that 17 percent of adults reported fair or poor health, which is higher than the national average of 16 percent.

When it comes to premature death, South Carolina has an average of 8,200 years of potential life lost before age 75 per 100,000 population, according to the rankings. That's compared to the national average of 7,700.

In fact, the rankings found that more Americans are dying prematurely, especially among younger generations.

According to the report, premature death rates rose across urban and rural community types and racial/ethnic groups in 2015. In recent years, it increased most among those between the ages of 15 and 44.

Drug overdose and other injury deaths reportedly influenced the rise in premature death.

For more on the County Health Rankings, click here.

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