Report ranks health of Indiana counties

2014-03-25T23:00:00Z Report ranks health of Indiana countiesTimes Staff
March 25, 2014 11:00 pm  • 

The newest report about Indiana's health outcomes shows mixed results in the northwest corner of the state.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute on Wednesday released their fifth annual County Health Rankings, which includes counties in all 50 states. 

Of Indiana's 92 counties, Lake County sits at No. 81, while LaPorte County is No. 69 and Porter County is ranked No. 20. 

Hamilton, Hendricks and Boone counties are at the top of the list, with Scott, Fayette and Blackford counties in the bottom three slots.

“Health habits start first in the home and are supported through neighborhoods, community coalitions, business, education and government -- so, it’s not surprising to see that those counties with the infrastructure to support residents’ health have the most positive health outcomes,” stated Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess. “These rankings demonstrate that where you live matters."

Each county is rated on 29 factors, including obesity, violent crime rate and number of fast food restaurants.

For more about information or to view the report, visit

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