File this under things we already knew: Sussex County has the best quality of life in the state of Delaware. A study from the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute ranked all counties in the United States based on length of life, health behaviors, access to clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.
Sussex County topped the state in overall health outcomes and quality of life, however ranked at the bottom for its the physical environment, due to high air pollution, drinking water and housing problems, as well as having long commutes to work. New Castle had the best health behaviors, access to clinical care, and social factors, while Kent County bottomed out on nearly every metric in the study.
In Maryland, no counties on the Eastern Shore ranked in the top 25% for health outcomes. Worcester, Talbot and Queen Anne’s Counties were in the top half of Maryland’s Counties, but Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico and Somerset all ranked in the bottom quarter.