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King George, Stafford among state leaders in insured population

Working-age residents in King George and Stafford counties are among the most likely in Virginia to have health insurance, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Wednesday.

In both counties, 89.3 percent of residents under the age of 65 were insured as of 2010. The two counties were bested only by Falls Church, which topped the state list with a 91.8 percent coverage rate, and Loudoun, Hanover and Goochland counties.

The statewide average was 85.2 percent. King George and Stafford were likely boosted by a relatively high percentage of government jobs due to their proximity to military bases.

Spotsylvania County placed tied for 22nd among Virginia’s 134 localities with 86.5 percent of its residents having health insurance.

Caroline County was tied for 56th with an 83.6 coverage rate, and Fredericksburg was tied for 88th at 81.9 percent.

Highland County had the state’s lowest rate at 75.2 percent.

Click here to see locality-by-locality rankings in Virginia. The data can also be broken down by gender, age and income.

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