Franklin Co. 23rd, Switzerland Co. 70th In County Health Rankings Report

Posted On March 27, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Undated) – How healthy is the place you live?

That’s the question a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute try to answer. The organizations released their annual County Health Rankings report Wednesday.

According to the report, it helps counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live. Taken into consideration are a variety of measures including high school graduation rates, access to healthy foods, smoking rates, obesity, and teen births.

Franklin County was southeast Indiana’s highest ranked county in health outcomes at 23rd out of 92 counties, while Switzerland County was the worst in the area at 70th. Dearborn County ranked 28th. Ripley County was right there at 29th. Ohio County was 43rd.

Elsewhere in Indiana, the top three counties in health outcomes were Hamilton, Hendricks, and Boone counties. The bottom three were Scott, Fayette, and Blackford.

In Kentucky, Boone County did very well, ranking 2nd out of 120 counties in health outcomes. Neighboring Gallatin County was much further down the list at 95th. Grant County was 58th while Kenton County ranked 19th.

In Ohio, Hamilton County was 64th out of 88 counties. Butler County was 36th.

You can view the entire County Health Rankings report at www.CountyHealthRankings.org.