The Maryland County you live in can make a big difference in everything from your life expectancy to the education level of the kids in your neighborhood.
Living close to the nation’s capital does not appear to make a difference. New health rankings released show a big gap in the counties that border D.C.
Montgomery County ranked second and Prince George’s County ranked 17th in “Health Outcomes,” according to a national report of U.S. health by counties. The report was compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
Montgomery County fell behind only Howard County. They were given points for income level, graduation rates, access to physicians and higher number of farmer’s markets.
Prince George’s County lagged, ranking near the bottom. The county was above only seven others, with Baltimore City in last place. Researchers considered infant mortality rates, air quality, obesity, violent crime and the number of fast food restaurants.