Lucas County may be the unhealthiest county in northwest Ohio, according to new state health rankings.
Annual rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, released Wednesday, say Geauga County in northeast Ohio is the state's healthiest, while in the southern part of the state, Scioto County is the least healthy.
Lucas County ranks as the 68th most healthy county out of 88 counties in the state. Putnam County came in as the 2nd healthiest county in the state.
The survey is based on factors such as longevity, infant mortality rates, access to health care, and individual behaviors such as smoking. Social and economic factors, such as education, unemployment, and income are heavily weighted in the survey due to their impact on healthcare and access to it.
In northwest Ohio, the following counties were ranked in terms of overall health outcomes:
Defiance - 28
Erie - 54
Fulton - 10
Hancock - 12
Henry - 27
Huron - 31
Lucas - 68
Ottawa - 11
Putnam - 2
Sandusky - 38
Seneca - 18
Williams - 19
Wood - 7
Overall health outcome rankings represent how healthy counties are within the state and are based upon how long people live and how healthy people feel while alive.
View the complete list of rankings here.
(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)
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