Health rankings: St. Louis City among the least healthy counties in Missouri

Apr 3, 2012

St. Louis City is among the ten least healthy counties in Missouri.

That's according to nationwide county health rankings released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Pemiscot County in the bootheel had the lowest health ranking of any county in Missouri, while St. Charles ranked the highest.

Now in their third year, the rankings assess the overall health of 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia based on key factors that influence health, such as education rates, income levels, and access to healthy foods and medical care. This year’s rankings include several new measures, such as how many fast-food restaurants are in a county and levels of physical inactivity among residents. Included in the detailed information for each county is a graph showing premature death trends over a 10-year period.

Click here to explore the data from Missouri.