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Ups and downs for Snohomish in national county health rankings report

County scores high for access to healthy food, low for days of good health

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Snohomish County has plenty of grocery stores with healthy food, but fewer doctors than the national standard, according to the third annual County Health Rankings released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The report ranks Snohomish County 9th statewide for health outcomes and health factors. San Juan County is deemed the healthiest county to live in, placing first among all 39 counties in both health outcomes and factors. The least healthy county, according to the Rankings, is Ferry County, placing last on both counts.


Rankings reports that people who live in Snohomish County have

  • much better access to healthy food (96%) than the statewide rate (69%)
  • lower preventable hospital stays per 1,000 Medicaid enrollees (36) than the state average (46)
  • fewer children in poverty (13%) than the state percentage (18%)
  • fewer violent crimes per 100,000 (253) versus the state (334)

On the negative side, Snohomish County fared worse than Washington state and the nation in its

  • ratio of population to primary care providers (1,1246:1) (state – 736:1) (US – 631:1)
  • average number of poor mental health days per month (3.6) (US – 2.3)
  • percent of restaurants that are fast food (52%) (US – 25%)

“Where we live, work, and play matters to our health,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of Snohomish Health District. “The Rankings report gives us a snapshot of our health environment outside of the doctor’s office. What we learn from it can set the direction for positive change by community leaders.”


The Snohomish Health District is the local public health agency for Snohomish County. Its programs and services are devoted to creating a healthier and safer community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. For the month of April, National Public Health Month, all of the public libraries in Snohomish County and some of the County buildings are featuring displays promoting local public health. Learn more about the work of the Health District at


To read the entire County Health Rankings report, go to