IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 5, 2021

Prince George Ranked 27th
Best in State Health Rankings

Prince George County is listed 27th best in Virginia in overall community health for 2021, according to statistics released March 31 by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The health profile was 10 slots better than 2020 for Prince George County after finishing 37 overall in health factors and outcomes.  There are 133 localities in the Commonwealth.

According to the 2021 rankings, the five healthiest counties in Virginia, starting with the healthiest, are Arlington, Loudoun, Falls Church City, Fairfax and Alexandria City. The five counties with the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are the cities of Petersburg, Galax, Covington, Martinsville and Hopewell.

“Prince George County takes pride in its overall efforts to promote healthy living within our community,” commented County Administrator Percy Ashcraft.  “Our residents recognize the importance and it extends to all demographics within our population.”

Ashcraft said Prince George topped the list in the Crater Health District, whose state rankings were as follows:

26 – Prince George County
82 – Dinwiddie County
86 – Surry County
109 – City of Emporia
117 – Sussex County
120 – Greensville County
129 – City of Hopewell
133 – City of Petersburg

Additional rankings for neighboring localities to Prince George include:

22 – Chesterfield
96 – City of Colonial Heights
119 – Charles City County

Ashcraft said the report gives Prince George County Government the opportunity to review the health strengths and weaknesses of the County and gear programs and activities to improve overall health.

The 2021 reports indicates Prince George’s greatest strengths as the low number of teen births; low number of uninsured residents; low number of children living in poverty; income equality; and low number of deaths as a result of accidents or injuries.

Health factors to improve on moving forward, according to Ashcraft, are: adult smoking; adult obesity; sexually transmitted diseases; low number of primary care physicians; low number of residents getting flu vaccinations; increased unemployment; and greater social associations.

“The Board of Supervisors gets much credit for making community health a priority,” Ashcraft said.  “Through Parks & Recreation initiatives and various partnerships, the BOS has expanded opportunities for residents to participate.”

Ashcraft also said the Prince George Public School Division deserves much credit in teaching school age children the importance of health and wellness at early ages.

The complete health rankings can be found at: https://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/virginia/2021/rankings/prince-george/county/outcomes/overall/snapshot