Minnesota counties ranked on health factors and health outcomes

Minnesota’s counties getting top ratings in a health survey are spread throughout the state, with both Greater Minnesota counties and suburban ones in the top 10.

The rankings, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, measure health factors and health outcomes.

Considered were: mortality and quality of life, along with health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.

The top 10 counties, overall, were:

  1. Steele
  2. Carver
  3. McLeod
  4. Douglas
  5. Fillmore
  6. Jackson
  7. Dakota
  8. Le Sueur
  9. Scott

Hennepin (52) and Ramsey (61) counties, with urban populations, were in the lower half of the 84 county rankings. Three counties, Traverse, Lake of the Woods and Kittson, were not ranked.

The survey organizers say the factors used “if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play.”

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