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Yearly county health rankings are released

Posted by wlpo on March 21, 2016

The healthiest county in the Illinois Valley is also the county with the smallest population.

According to the annual county health rankings, Putnam County is the 8th healthiest county in Illinois out of 102. Bureau County is considered the 26th healthiest county while La Salle County is ranked 40th.

Counties were ranked on things like the number of adults who are obese, who excessively drink and smoke along with how many people are uninsured and how many children live in poverty. Putnam County has the highest number of obese adults while La Salle County leads the way in adult smokers and alcohol related driving deaths. La Salle and Putnam County are tied with the highest number of adults who excessively drink while La Salle and Bureau County have the same percent of kids living in poverty.

To check out the rankings, click County Health Rankings

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