The Most Obese County in Every State

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6. Colorado
> Most obese county:
Morgan
> County obesity rate: 27.8%
> Statewide obesity rate: 20.1%
> Pct. of adults who exercise regularly: 79.7%
> Share of adults reporting fair or poor health: 14.3%

Colorado’s statewide obesity rate of 20.1% is the lowest of all states. Even Morgan County’s obesity rate of 27.8%, while the highest in the state, is only slightly worse than the 27.0% national obesity rate. County residents also suffer from worse health outcomes than statewide residents. In Morgan, 6,959 years of potential life are lost per 100,000 residents annually due to premature death, higher than the statewide premature death rate of 5,731 years lost per 100,000 Colorado residents.

7. Connecticut
> Most obese county:
Windham
> County obesity rate: 28.9%
> Statewide obesity rate: 24.7%
> Pct. of adults who exercise regularly: 76.0%
> Share of adults reporting fair or poor health: 12.3%

A relatively healthy state, Connecticut’s obesity rate is roughly 2 percentage points lower than the 27% national rate. Unlike most states, residents of Connecticut’s most obese county are only slightly more obese than adults across the nation. Windham County’s obesity rate is only about 2 percentage points higher than the national rate.

8. Delaware
> Most obese county:
Kent
> County obesity rate: 33.2%
> Statewide obesity rate: 29.0%
> Pct. of adults who exercise regularly: 71.9%
> Share of adults reporting fair or poor health: 15.7%

Kent County’s 33.2% obesity rate is the highest of any county in Delaware. County residents report other relatively unhealthy behaviors. The county’s smoking rate of 18.2% is the highest in Delaware. Also, 71.9% of adults report exercising regularly, the smallest such share of state counties.

9. Florida
> Most obese county:
Calhoun
> County obesity rate: 40.7%
> Statewide obesity rate: 25.5%
> Pct. of adults who exercise regularly: 66.1%
> Share of adults reporting fair or poor health: 18.8%

Calhoun is not only the most obese county in Florida, but it is also one of the most obese counties in the United States. Roughly 41% of adults in Calhoun are obese, much higher than the 25.5% statewide obesity rate and the 27.0% national rate. Obesity can have a detrimental impact on a range of other health outcomes. County results report experiencing more physically and mentally unhealthy days a month than Floridians and Americans do on average.

10. Georgia
> Most obese county:
Clayton
> County obesity rate: 39.5%
> Statewide obesity rate: 29.0%
> Pct. of adults who exercise regularly: 74.0%
> Share of adults reporting fair or poor health: 20.7%

In Clayton, Georgia’s most obese county, residents are more likely to report other signs of poor health than state residents, on average. County adults report an average of 4.3 physically unhealthy days and 4.2 mentally unhealthy days per month, considerably more than the 3.8 physically unhealthy days and 3.8 mentally unhealthy days the typical Georgian reports monthly.