(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Geographically, Switzerland County, Indiana and Boone County, Kentucky are separated by no more than the Ohio River.
However, the two counties are about as far as can be when it comes to the health of its residents according to a new study.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued its 2011 County Health Rankings report Wednesday ranking Switzerland County 89th out of Indiana’s 92 counties in overall health.
Boone County topped the list of Kentucky’s 120 counties.
Factors such as mortality rates, obesity, health insurance and dozens of other environmental, socioeconomic and educational outcomes were used in the rankings.
Most of the rest of southeast Indiana was in the upper half of the state’s health rankings. Dearborn County was 28th, Ripley was 32nd, Ohio was 33rd, and Franklin County was 42nd.
Boone County earned the honor of being ranked the healthiest county in Kentucky by having the second lowest mortality rate, fourth in health behaviors, eleventh in clinical care, second in social and economic factors, and fourth in physical environment.
Campbell County was 21st, Kenton County 22nd, Gallatin 75th, and Grant 84th.
In Ohio, Hamilton County was 67th out of 88 counties.
You can find the study results for all 50 states and their counties at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org.