Every year during the old Partner Up! for Public Health campaign, we built a major part of the annual publicity effort around what we called Power Ratings that paired county health rankings produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with county economic rankings generated each year by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).
Throughout the 2010-through-2014 period for which we compiled rankings, Oconee County reigned supreme. For each of those five years, it was No. 1 in DCA’s economic rankings, which are generated by a formula that incorporates local unemployment and poverty rates along with local per capita income. And, it ranked either 2nd or 3rd in RWJ’s annual health outcomes rankings, which are based on a formula that includes premature death rates, the percent of the population reporting being in poor or fair health, number of days worked missed for reasons of physical or mental health, and low birthweight. Read more