St. Charles Ranked Healthiest County in Missouri
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Charles County is at the top of a new list of healthiest counties in Missouri — while St. Louis City is near the bottom.
This annual County Health Rankings is put out by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconisn. It ranks St. Charles County as the healthiest county in Missouri, St. Louis County comes in at number 11, Jefferson County number 25 and St. Louis City at number 113 of the 115 counties studied.
Spokesperson Ashley Stark with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says in Illinois, Monroe County came in number 4, Madison County number 71 and St. Clair County number 94 out of 102 counties in the state.
In general, Stark says the healthiest counties have the highest high school graduation rate, the lowest childhood poverty rates and low unemployment. The rankings assess counties on numerous factors including smoking, obesity, teen births, violence and access to quality health care.
The complete nationwide and Missouri-specific rankings may be viewed at countyhealthrankings.org.