How Does Your County Compare? New Health Rankings Released

Posted at 3:59 AM, Mar 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-26 06:39:50-04

health careGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 26, 2014) — How does the county in which you live compare to the rest of Michigan when it comes to teen pregnancy, children living in poverty, and other health factors?  Some newly-released county health rankings will help give you an answer.

The online report — available here —  is an interactive website that looks at a variety of health-related issues and ranks counties by comparing them to the rest of the state.  For example, if you click on Kent County one of the statistics is that 23% of children in the county live in poverty.  According to the Kent County Health Department, the national benchmark is 13%.

Ottawa County was ranked #1 in overall health, making it the healthiest county in the state of Michigan.  Other counties in this are of the state include Allegan at #9, Kent at #16, Kalamazoo at #43, and Muskegon at #67.