Report ranks most and least healthy Indiana counties

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A new report out Wednesday from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks the most and least healthy counties in Indiana.

The top three of Indiana’s 92 counties for 2013 and 2014 are in central Indiana: Hamilton County (1), Hendricks County (2) and Boone County (3).

The least healthy for both years is Scott County. Marion County improved one spot, from 79 in 2013 to 78 this year.

The foundation looks at 29 factors to determine health, including smoking, high school graduation rates, employment, physical inactivity and access to healthy food. It found that the two main drivers of poor health are tobacco use and obesity.

Among the findings:

Tobacco use:

  • 12 percent in Hamilton County
  • 24 percent in Marion County

Obesity:

  • 22 percent in Hamilton County
  • 32 percent in Marion County

The study indicates the best protective factors are to ensure children are raised in a safe environment and graduate from high school.

Children who live in poverty:

  • 6 percent in Hamilton County
  • 32 percent in Marion County

High school graduation rate:

  • 92 percent in Hamilton County
  • 81 percent in Marion County

Click here to view the study in more detail.

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