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Study: Carver County Healthiest in Minn., Mahnomen Ranks Last

Updated: 03/27/2014 1:29 AM
Created: 03/26/2014 7:45 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A new report released Wednesday shows how healthy each county is across the country.

Looking at Minnesota, for folks living in Chaska and Chanhassen, Carver County came out with high marks. The county did well last year too, so it appears they're on the right track.

The rankings are basically a snapshot of the overall health of every county in the U.S.

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the findings that had Carver County at number one in the state.

As for other rankings, Washington County is in eighth place and Anoka is at 41. Hennepin County was 54th, which is up one spot from last year. Ramsey County came in 67th, which is down two spots. Mahnomen County came in dead last.

To determine the rankings, researchers looked at quality of life and health behaviors, like the number of people who smoke and drink.

They also factored in STD numbers, access to quality medical care; and then social and economic factors like employment rates, education, and income.

A few new things the data factored in this year included: access to mental health care, housing costs, quality of housing and commute times.

See the full list of county rankings here.


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