County health ranked


& The Associated Press

A new report says Ozaukee County is the healthiest of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, and Leelanau County is the healthiest of Michigan’s 83 counties.

The rankings were recently released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The groups ranked the counties based on 25 factors that influence health. They include rates of smoking and childhood poverty, obesity levels, teen birth rates, and access to medical care.

Wisconsin’s top five counties were Ozaukee, Kewaunee, St. Croix, Pierce, and Door.

Its bottom five were Menominee, Milwaukee, Marquette, Adams and Forest.

Florence County was ranked 23rd and Marinette County was ranked 59th.

Milwaukee County ranked low in part because 29 percent of residents were considered obese and 30 percent of kids were growing up in single-parent households.

Michigan’s top five counties were Leelanau, Ottawa, Clinton, Livingston, and Washtenaw.

Its bottom five were Wayne, Alcona, Genesee, Arenac, and Calhoun. Keweenaw County was not rated.

The top Upper Peninsula county was Alger at number six. Dickinson County came in at number 29 and Iron County was ranked 50th.

The least healthy Upper Peninsula counties were Luce at number 66 and Ontonagon at number 65.