Albemarle County Receives Top Health Rating in Virginia

Albemarle County has ranked as one of the overall healthiest places to live in Virginia, but it was a slightly different story in the City of Charlottesville.

The Robert Wood Foundation released the annual study rating Albemarle County fourth out of 133 localities for overall health in the Commonwealth. Charlottesville came in at 43.

A key difference in the two areas was healthy habits. In Charlottesville adult obesity, physical inactivity, and sexually transmitted infections are on the rise.

Both areas have seen a spike in unemployment and childhood poverty, but in Charlottesville the childhood poverty rate is greater than all of Virginia

There was a decline or no change in violent crime in both localities, but in Charlottesville, the amount of violent crime is greater national rate and more than double the rate in Virginia.

Central Virginia clocked in relatively healthy overall; Fluvanna County ranked at 12th out of 133. Greene, Orange, Nelson and Culpeper Counties all ranked in the top 50 for overall health in the Commonwealth.

Madison and Louisa Counties came in right behind at 57 and 63 respectively.

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