Virginia Health


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The health of the people in Virginia State is of great importance to the state, and local hospitals and medical facilities are well equipped to provide high-quality care. Virginia has a number of world-class medical centers, such as the University of Virginia Health System, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. All these hospitals work together to ensure that citizens are receiving the best possible care when they need it. Other than hospitals, there are also many community health centers located throughout the state that provide specialized services including mental health support. They often serve those who do not have access to traditional insurance or who cannot afford treatment at a hospital. Additionally, initiatives like healthcare education programs help spread awareness about healthy lifestyle choices and raise awareness for preventative measures in order to reduce illness in communities. Overall, Virginia's healthcare system is well-equipped to meet the needs of its citizens and ensure that everyone receives quality care when needed.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.

Physicians per Capita

There are 213 physicians per 100,000 population in Virginia. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.

Health Cost Index

The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Virginia area is 101.5 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

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Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.

Water Qualtiy Index

The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Virginia area is 77 (100=best). The US average is 55.

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Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.

Superfund Index

The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Virginia area is 29 (100=best). The US average is 87.

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The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Quick Facts

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Virginia commutes 28.2 minutes one-way, which is longer than the US average of 26.4 minutes.

Air Quality Index

The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Virginia area is 58 (100=best). The US average is 58.

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This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

Air Quality Health Risk