East Baton Rouge Parish ranked fourth among the state’s 64 parishes in terms of health factors, with slightly better than average numbers for obesity, smoking and physical activity than the rest of the state.
Orleans Parish ranked No. 35, in large part because more residents die before age 75, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2106 County Health Rankings.
The rankings are based on a broad range of measures and show “dramatic differences” between rural and urban areas, particularly for premature deaths. Rural areas typically have much higher rates of people dying before 75.
St. Tammany and Cameron parishes were the state’s two healthiest, according to the rankings. Cameron had fewer premature deaths, about half the state average, despite levels of obesity and excessive drinking that were higher than the state average.
East Caroll Parish ranked No. 64.