Health report card: How does your county stack up?

Posted on February 19th, 2010 by Kelley Luckstein

The first-ever health ranking of the nation's counties is designed to give local public health leaders the information…It ranks counties, within each state, on two scales: "factors'' that influence health, such as smoking rates, the number of liquor stores and poverty; and "outcomes'' such as longevity and self-reported health…

 

Ramsey County was the lowest ranked county in the Twin Cities metropolitan area because it has the lowest median income and the highest nonwhite population, said Rob Fulton, director of the St. Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health. "The wealthier you are, and the fewer people of color you have, the better your health" in these rankings, he said...

 

Olmsted County, with its high incomes and education as well as the Mayo Clinic, was ranked No. 1 in health factors.

 

Star Tribune, by Josephine Marcotty, 2/17/2010

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