Carroll County was named as the fifth healthiest place to live in Maryland by a national research group analysis.

The report, released April 3, comes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The annual study ranks counties in each state by health factors and socio-economic factors such as employment rates, poverty and crime.

Carroll ranked particularly high — No. 3 in the state — in socio-economic factors, which included factors such as violent crime, percentage of single-parent children and high school graduation rates.

The county did less well — ranked 7th — in health behaviors, such as drinking and smoking, and was 10th in the state in the category of "clinical care," which included such factors as preventable hospital stays, diabetic screening and the ratio of residents to primary care physicians.


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More details of the study can be found at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org.

According to the study, the five "healthiest" counties in Maryland are, in order, Howard, Montgomery, Queen Anne's, Frederick and Carroll.

Baltimore City ranked as the most "unhealthy" place to live in Maryland.