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Where Are Illinois' Healthiest Counties?

04/01/2014 03:36 pm ET | Updated Jun 01, 2014

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 ten healthiest counties in Illinois -- are you surprised by any of the counties on this list? Think there's any correlation to county median income or unemployment?

Healthiest counties

 

 

 

1) Douglas County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: 4 percent

Percent of population without insurance: 17 percent

Adult obesity rate: 30 percent

Excessive drinking rate: 12 percent

High school graduation rate: 89 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 37 percent

 

2) Jo Daviess County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: 9 percent

Percent of population without insurance: 14 percent

Adult obesity rate: 29 percent

Excessive drinking rate: N/A

High school graduation rate: 87 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 26 percent

 

3) Woodford County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: 8 percent

Percent of population without insurance: 9 percent

Adult obesity rate: 29 percent

Excessive drinking rate: 19 percent

High school graduation rate: 88 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 42 percent

 

4) Mercer County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: 12 percent

Percent of population without insurance: N/A

Adult obesity rate: 31 percent

Excessive drinking rate: 13 percent

High school graduation rate: 89 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 31 percent

 

5) Henry County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: 8 percent

Percent of population without insurance: N/A

Adult obesity rate: 28 percent

Excessive drinking rate: 19 percent

High school graduation rate: 87 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 37 percent

 

6) DuPage County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: 11 percent

Percent of population without insurance: 11 percent

Adult obesity rate: 28 percent

Excessive drinking rate: 20 percent

High school graduation rate: 92 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 54 percent

 

7) Kendall County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: 12 percent

Percent of population without insurance: 11 percent

Adult obesity rate: 26 percent

Excessive drinking rate: 19 percent

High school graduation rate: 92 percent

Percent of all restaurants that are fast-food establishments: 50 percent

 

8) Schuyler County

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

Percent of population without insurance: 15 percent

Adult obesity rate: 27 percent

Excessive drinking rate: 4 percent

High school graduation rate: 90 percent

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

 

9) Brown County

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

Percent of population without insurance: 12 percent

Adult obesity rate: 30 percent

Excessive drinking rate: 0 percent

High school graduation rate: 89 percent

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

 

10) McDonough County

Percent of population in poor or fair health: 10 percent

Percent of population without insurance: 17 percent

Adult obesity rate: 29 percent

Excessive drinking rate: N/A

High school graduation rate: 84 percent

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

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