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Healthy Spot

Tops in Health for Texas Counties

Collin County: a healthy spot to be in

Where we live, learn, work and play matters to our health. And Collin County appears to be in great shape.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute have released their third annual County Health Rankings. Nearly every county in the country is ranked on health outcomes (how healthy we are) and on health factors (how healthy we can be).

Examples of specific measures used to calculate the rankings include: adult smoking, obesity, binge drinking, access to primary care physicians, rates of high school graduation, rates of violent crime, air pollution levels, unemployment rates and number of children living in poverty.

This information helps counties see where they are doing well and where improvement is needed to ensure that every community is a healthy place to live, learn, work and play. Learn more at www.countyhealthrankings.org. Collin County Ranked #1 overall out of 221 counties in Texas.

The only real hit we received was a poor ranking in Physical Environment. But that wasn’t tied to air pollution, how many ozone days we experienced or a lack of access to recreational facilities. It was our access to – not indulgence in – fast food restaurants.

Here are the top 12 Texas counties from the website for the Health Outcomes and Health Factors:

Health Outcomes

Rank County
1 Collin
2 Williamson
3 Rockwall
4 Denton
5 Gillespie
6 Kendall
7 Comal
8 Travis
9 Fort Bend
10 Brazos
11 Erath
12 Hays
 

Health Factors

Rank County
1 Kendall
2 Collin
3 Gillespie
4 Rockwall
5 Williamson
6 Comal
7 Randall
8 Denton
9 Fort Bend
10 Jeff Davis
11 Carson
12 Montgomery

 

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