beaufort healthiest county

Beaufort ranked healthiest county in SC for eighth straight year

beaufort healthiest county

One of the reasons we’re the healthiest is the amazing amount of options for exercise in our area. Kayakers on St. Helena Island, photo by Dawn Ramsey

We did it again!  For the eighth straight year, Beaufort County ranks the healthiest of all 46 counties in South Carolina according to the County Health Rankings released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

We all know that Beaufort is a very active community and the findings show many ways that Beaufort surpasses the other counties in the state. Beaufort County residents enjoy the longest life expectancy in the state as well as the best quality of life in SC. The study also finds that Beaufort is first in South Carolina when it comes to health behaviors including a low amount of smokers, a low rate of adult obesity and ease of access to exercise opportunities.

The study also showed that the county has lower rates of diabetes and child and infant mortality too.

According to the report, the top 5 healthiest counties in SC are Beaufort, Charleston,  York, Lexington and Greenville (who also made up last year’s top 5).

The counties in the poorest health are Marlboro, Allendale, Marion, Williamsburg and Dillon.

For a look at the complete report on Beaufort County along with the South Carolina county rankings, visit here.