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Pierce among state's healthiest counties

Pierce County ranks among the healthiest in the state, according to the annual County Health Rankings released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

The rankings are available at

The rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states. They allow counties to see how well they are doing on 29 factors influencing health, including smoking, high school graduation rates, employment, physical inactivity and access to healthy foods.

According to the 2014 Rankings, the five healthiest counties in Wisconsin, starting with the most healthy, are Ozaukee, followed by Kewaunee, Portage, Taylor and Door. The five counties in the poorest health, starting with the least healthy, are Menominee, Milwaukee, Adams, Marquette and Forest.

The rankings provide county-to-county comparisons within a state. Nationally, this year’s rankings show people living in the least healthy counties are twice as likely to have shorter lives as people living in the healthiest counties. Unhealthy counties also have twice as many children living in poverty and twice as many teen births as the healthiest counties. This year’s rankings also feature several new measures, including housing, transportation and access to mental health providers.

Pierce County ranks in the top quarter for health outcomes (9) and health factors (10). Pierce ranks in the top quarter of Wisconsin counties for health behaviors (17) and social and economic factors (4). Pierce County ranks near the middle for clinical care (34) and in the bottom quarter for physical environment (56).