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Camden County ranks 18th out of 21 New Jersey counties in the annual rankings of the population’s health — the second consecutive year at the No. 18 spot and one up from the No. 19 position it held in 2010.
The rankings are compiled annually by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey and the Population Health Institute from the University of Wisconsin. They “are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play,” according to the County Health Rankings and Roadmap‘s Data and Methods page.
Overall, the map clearly shows lower health levels in the southern half of New Jersey. Of the bottom five counties, only North Jersey’s Essex County joins South Jersey’s Atlantic, Camden, Salem and bottom-ranked Cumberland County. Cumberland has been ranked last all three years the survey has taken place.