Does Nassau County have a higher rate of obesity?
Do Suffolk adults binge drink more often?
Is one end of the Island more sleep deprived than the other?
We Long Islanders have our friendly arguments over which county has the best beaches, pizza and hometown celebrities. However, when it comes to health, Nassau is the winner, according to the latest numbers from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.
Nassau was ranked the third healthiest in New York State behind Saratoga and Rockland Counties. While Nassau was ranked healthier overall, Suffolk wasn't far behind in seventh place. The ratings are based on how long residents live and how healthy they feel in their lifetimes.
Here is how Long Island's counties stacked up against each other in some of the major categories.
Drug overdose deaths
Nassau County reported 13 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people, compared with 18 in Suffolk. Both counties were above the state average of 12 deaths per 100,000 in the population.
Nassau County had an 8 percent rate of diabetes prevalence, compared to a 9 percent rate in Suffolk. Both fell below the state average of 10 percent.
Car crash deaths
Nassau County reported seven motor vehicle crash deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 10 in Suffolk. Both were above the statewide average of 6 crash deaths per 100,000 in the population.
Longest commutes driving alone
About 40 percent of Suffolk County workers have a commute longer than 30 minutes and are alone in their cars. The Nassau rate is about 44 percent. Statewide, the numbers drop to 36 percent.
Nassau County reported 12 percent of adults who smoke, compared with 14 percent of Suffolk adults. Both fell below New York's 15 percent average.
In Nassau County, 17 percent of adults admitted to heavy or binge drinking, compared with 20 percent in Suffolk. The state average was 18 percent.
Access to healthy foods
Nassau County has a zero-percent rating for people who are low-income and do not live close to the grocery store. This is compared to 4 percent of low-income Suffolk residents, and 2 percent of those statewide.
Uninsured adults and children
About 9 percent of Nassau County adults are uninsured, compared with 11 percent of adults in Suffolk. This is compared to 12 percent across the state.
Both counties report that 3 percent of children are uninsured, which matches the statewide average.
Sexually transmitted infections
There were 237.2 new diagnoses of chlamydia per 100,000 people in Suffolk County, compared with 257.1 cases in Nassau. The statewide rate was nearly double Long Island's average, with 502.8 new chlamydia cases per 100,000.
An average of 264 out of every 100,000 Nassau County residents has been diagnosed with HIV, compared with 236 Suffolk residents. This is less than half the statewide average of 784 people per 100,000 of the population.
An average of 37 percent of Nassau and Suffolk County adults say they get less than seven hours of sleep per night. The state average is 38 percent.
Suffolk County had a 23 percent adult obesity rating compared to 24 percent in Nassau. Both were below the state average, which is 25 percent.
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