(Undated) - Boone County is the second-healthiest county in all of Kentucky, while a handful of southeast Indiana counties improved their health standings in the past year.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its report titled “County Health Rankings and Roadmaps: A Healthier Nation, County by County” on Tuesday. The report ranked counties in each state based on their overall health. Factors included were mortality rates, health behaviors, access to clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.
According to the survey, Boone County retained its #2 ranking in 2013, behind only Oldham County. The report found that 19 percent of Boone County residents smoke, 31 percent were obese, and 12 percent were uninsured in 2012.
In Indiana, Ohio County ranked 23rd out of 92 counties, the same as last year. Ripley County improved from 38th in 2012 to 24th in 2013. Franklin County made the jump from 45th to 32nd.
Dearborn County fell from 26th to 30th. Switzerland County was near the bottom at 75th, albeit an improvement from last year’s ranking of 87th.
The healthiest Indiana county was Hamilton County, north of Indianapolis. Scott County was named the least healthy.
In Ohio, Hamilton County ranked 65th out of 88 counties, down four spots from last year’s rankings.
The full report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, including statistics for every county in the nation, can be found online at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org.