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Cullman County Health Rankings In Top Tier of Alabama

by | Mar 29, 2017 | Breaking News, City News, County News, Cullman, Cullman City, Get Smart, Good Hope, Hanceville, Public Safety

Cullman County Health Rankings In Top Tier of Alabama

Top Tier is not #1, however. We have plenty of improvement possible compared to the rest of the State.

The County Health Rankings and Roadmap is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Together, they measure the health of nearly ALL counties in the United States and rank them within states.

Here is how Cullman County ranks in comparison to the other 66 counties in the State of Alabama for 2017 (and valued against 2016):

#8 – Overall Health Factors (9 in 2016)

#9 – Health Behaviors (25 in 2016)

#11 – Social & Economic Factors (8 in 2016)

#14 – Clinical Care (17 in 2016)

#18 – Quality of Life (14 in 2016)

#18 – Overall Health Outcomes (19 in 2016)

#28 – Length of Life (20 in 2016)

#38 – Physical Environment Factors (12 in 2016)

Cullman County Health Rankings In Top Tier of Alabama


County Health Rankings also break down the demographics of Cullman County confirming the obvious: We are overwhelmingly white, mostly rural with more females than males:

82,005 – Total Population (State = 4,858,979)

92.0% – White, Non-Hispanic (State = 66.0%)
73.2% – Rural (State = 41.0%)
50.6% – Females (State = 51.6%)
49.4% – Males (State = 48.4%)

22.4% – below 18 years of age (State = 22.7%)
17.9% – 65 and older (State = 15.7%)

4.4% – Hispanic (State = 4.2%)
1.4% – Non-Hispanic African American (State = 26.5%)
0.6% – American Indian and Alaskan Native (State = 0.7%)
0.5% – Asian (State = 1.4%)
0.1% – Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander (State = 0.1%)
1.0% – Not proficient in English (State = 1%)

Cullman County Health Rankings In Top Tier of Alabama

Cullman County Health Rankings In Top Tier of Alabama


336 – Malignant neoplasms
231 – Diseases of heart
135 – Accidents (unintentional injuries)
97 – Chronic lower respiratory diseases
72 – Essential hypertension and renal disease


Several areas – both pro and con – immediately stand out while reviewing the data. Below are the percentages of Cullman County population for these areas of concern in the study:

86% – High school graduation
84% – Driving alone to work
35% – Adult obesity
24% – Children in poverty
20% – Poor or Fair Health
20% – Adult Smoking


Cullman County Health Rankings In Top Tier of Alabama

You can find a detailed breakdown of Overall Health Factors here.

You can find a detailed breakdown of Overall Health Outcomes here.

The basis of the County Health Rankings rests 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.

The Rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources. These measures are standardized and combined using scientifically-informed weights.

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