SoFla Counties Rank Among Healthiest In The State, New Survey Says

Let's give ourselves a pat on the back! All three South Florida counties have ranked among the 10 healthiest in the state, according to a new annual report.

  • Miami-Dade County ranks fifth
  • Palm Beach County ranks eighth 
  • Broward County clocks in at #10 

The numbers are according to the annual County Health Rankings from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

This is the first year that all three counties made an appearance in the top 10.

Miami-Dade County made the biggest leap up the chart this year, moving from 23rd overall last year to fifth. Miami-Dade's No. 5 ranking ties for the previous high set in 2014-15.

Palm Beach County has ranked in the top 10 each year since 2015. 

Broward County ranked No. 19 a year ago before moving into 10th place this year.


Monroe County also ranks among the top 10 for the fourth consecutive year. The Florida Keys were ninth in 2015, seventh in 2016, 10th in 2017 and seventh in this year's rankings.

The rankings are based on 34 health categories, including: 

  • Clinical care
  • Social factors 
  • Economic factors 
  • Physical environment

St. Johns County ranked No. 1 in the state.

Union County was dead last in the state rankings. Putnam, Madison, Gadsden, Dixie, Bradford, Hamilton, Columbia, Levy and Okeechobee counties round out the bottom 10.

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