Macon County has been ranked 16th in North Carolina for over-all good health in the recently released 2013 rankings. That is three spots below the 2012 ranking of 13th. Despite the small decline, Macon still sits ahead of 84 other counties throughout the state and is ranked fourth in Western North Carolina behind Watauga (3), Henderson (12) and Transylvania (14).
The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The program ranks almost every county in the country.