Hamilton County is healthiest in Indiana; Marion among least healthy in new report
A new study seeks to shed light on the health of Hoosiers based on the county they live in.
Three of the healthiest counties in the state are in central Indiana, but so is one of the least healthy counties. Marion County ranks 79th among Indiana's 92 counties.
The rankings by researchers from the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation measured 30 categories, including smoking, obesity, education, unemployment, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment.
At the top of the list for all those factors is Hamilton County at number one, followed by Hendricks and Boone Counties.
Both Johnson and Hancock Counties are in the top 20, while Morgan is 39th, Shelby is 61st and Madison is one below at 80.
An infographic shows the huge disparity between Hamilton County, the healthiest in the Indiana study, and Scott County, the least healthiest.
About 13 percent of Hamilton County's residents smoke, while it's 21 percent in Scott County. Scott County's teen birth rate far outpaces Hamilton County's (63 to 15 per 1,000 of births to girls aged 15-19). In Hamilton County, six percent of children are reported as living below the Federal Poverty Line, while that's 34 percent in Scott County. And in Hamilton County, 85 percent of residents have at least some college education, whereas in Scott County it's just 37 percent.