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What Are Illinois' Least Healthy Counties?

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County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute, ranked every county in Illinois from most to least healthy. The organization examined data on mortality rates, high school graduation rates, obesity rates and access to healthy food, among other criteria. Here are the 10 least healthy counties in Illinois -- are you surprised by any of the counties on this list?

(Click here to view a map of the counties judged most healthy.)

 

unhealthiest counties

 

 

1) Alexander County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: N/A

Percent of population without insurance: 14 percent

Adult obesity rate: 31 percent

Excessive drinking rate: N/A

High school graduation rate: 69 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 22 percent

 

2) Gallatin County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: N/A

Percent of population without insurance: 15 percent

Adult obesity rate: 28 percent

Excessive drinking rate: N/A

High school graduation rate: 70 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: N/A

 

3) Edwards County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: N/A

Percent of population without insurance: 15 percent

Adult obesity rate: 28 percent

Excessive drinking rate: N/A

High school graduation rate: 70 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 88 percent

 

4) Franklin County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: 23 percent

Percent of population without insurance: 15 percent

Adult obesity rate: 30 percent

Excessive drinking rate: 13 percent

High school graduation rate: 80 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 44 percent

 

5) Pulaski County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: N/A

Percent of population without insurance: 16 percent

Adult obesity rate: 32 percent

Excessive drinking rate: N/A

High school graduation rate: 83 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 40 percent

 

6) Saline County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: N/A

Percent of population without insurance: 13 percent

Adult obesity rate: 29 percent

Excessive drinking rate: 3 percent

High school graduation rate: 79 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 56 percent

 

7) Vermilion County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: 18 percent

Percent of population without insurance: 14 percent

Adult obesity rate: 29 percent

Excessive drinking rate: 19 percent

High school graduation rate: 79 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 49 percent

 

8) Massac County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: N/A

Percent of population without insurance: 13 percent

Adult obesity rate: 32 percent

Excessive drinking rate: N/A

High school graduation rate: 75 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 47 percent

 

9) Hardin County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: N/A

Percent of population without insurance: 13 percent

Adult obesity rate: 30 percent

Excessive drinking rate: N/A

High school graduation rate: 84 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: N/A

 

10) Hamilton County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: N/A

Percent of population without insurance: 14 percent

Adult obesity rate: 30 percent

Excessive drinking rate: 3 percent

High school graduation rate: 76 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 56 percent

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