Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Brooklyn among least healthy counties in New York State

The study says the borough is lagging behind in several quality of life categories. (3/26/14)

BROOKLYN - A new study has ranked Brooklyn among the worst counties in New York State when it comes to health and well-being.   

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the borough came in at No. 50 out of 62 counties based on important quality of life categories, including the crime rate, unemployment, obesity and smoking. 

The report found that 18 percent of borough residents are in fair or poor health, and are about average compared with the rest of the state on smoking and phsyical activity. 

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In the social portion of the study, it found that 61 percent of the population graduates college, which is 4 percent less than the state average. The unemployment rate is also 1.5-percent higher than average, coming in at nearly 10 percent. 

The foundation ranked Livingston County in upstate New York as the healthiest and most economically stable area in the state.

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