Indian River County Ranks #13 In Annual Florida Health

Percentage of driving deaths involving alcohol is 36 percent in Indian River County.
Percentage of driving deaths involving alcohol is 36 percent in Indian River County.

VERO BEACH – The annual health rankings have been released that provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play in Indian River County.

The research was provided by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, which is part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program.

Indian River County ranked #13 on the chart. The health factors include excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections, adult obesity, and adult smoking.

Percentage of driving deaths involving alcohol is 36% in our county. And, about 25% of Indian River adults report a BMI of 30 or more.

Here’s the top 15 rankings by counties in Florida:

  • 1. St. Johns (SJ)
  • 2. Collier (CO)
  • 3. Sarasota (SS)
  • 4. Seminole (SO)
  • 5. Martin (MA)
  • 6. Lafayette (LY)
  • 7. Santa Rosa (SR)
  • 8. Palm Beach (PB)
  • 9. Clay (CL)
  • 10. Monroe (MO)
  • 11. Okaloosa (OL)
  • 12. Lee (LE)
  • 13. Indian River (IR)
  • 14. Flagler (FL)
  • 15. Sumter (ST)

About 23% of people under the age of 65 do not have health insurance. What’s also sad is that 23% of Indian River County children are living in poverty.

Although our county has a few high numbers when it comes to health risks, we’re certainly not the worst.

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About Scott Lee
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.