The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute recently released a nationwide report called the "2013 County Health Rankings." The report compares the health of counties in every state across the nation, measured by overall health and factors that influence health.
Of Iowa's 99 counties, Sioux County ranked highest in overall health outcomes; Johnson County was ranked highest for all factors that influence health. Area county rankings for overall health outcomes were: Sac County 16th, Buena Vista 31st, Crawford 36th, Cherokee 38th and Ida County was 74th.
The County Health Rankings were compiled taking into account a wide range of health factors, including healthy behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment.
Mortality rankings were as follows: Sioux-second, Buena Vista-38th, Cherokee-71st, Crawford-18th, Ida-74th and Sac-29th.
Morbidity rankings were: Sioux-third, Buena Vista-26th, Cherokee-eighth, Crawford-59th, Ida-67th and Sac-15th. Morbidity rankings are based on data for poor or fair health, poor physical health days, poor mental health days and low birth weight.
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