Lake County, 13th healthiest county in Illinois

A number of factors were utilized by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps to define the healthiest counties in Illinois in 2015.  The rankings included access to care, environment, length of life, quality of life and a number of other indicators.  Each had a scale indicating the relative ranking of each catagory. Lake County ends up in the top 20 at number 13 !

25 Unhealthiest and Healthiest Illinois Counties in 2015

Article  by Andie Popova, Reboot, Aug 14, 2015    Article  National Health Ratings, 2015.
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County Health Rankings & Roadmaps has released its 2015 national health rankings, providing a detailed analysis on the healthiest and least healthy Illinois counties. The rankings are determined using a set of factors including quality of life, length of life, personal health behaviors, access to clinical care, physical environment, and socioeconomic indicators.

Graphic showing the weight of each category:

There are 102 Illinois counties and the list below includes the 25 healthiest and the 25 least healthy in each category. For each county, there is a set of statistics providing a more detailed glimpse into the county’s health. The statistics are bulleted in the following order (when applicable):

  • Percent of adults reporting poor or fair health (age-adjusted).
  • Percent of adult population reporting a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 30.
  • Excessive drinking (binge plus heavy drinking).
  • Physical inactivity (number of adults aged 20 or over that report having no leisure-time to partake in physical activity).
  • Uninsured (percent of population under the age of 65 without health insurance).
  • Percent of 9th graders who graduate high school in four years.
  • Percent of children living in a single-parent household.
  • Violent crime rate per a population of 100,000.
  • Air pollution (average daily measure of fine particulate matter in micrograms per cubic meter – PM2.5).

You can read more on the ranking method here. To view all of Illinois’ counties as well as additional metrics, check out County Health Rankings & Roadmaps’ website.

Top 25 healthiest Illinois counties:

 1. Woodford

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: 8 percent
  • Adult obesity rate: 30 percent
  • Excessive drinking: 18 percent
  • Physical inactivity: 24 percent
  • Uninsured: 9 percent
  • High school graduation: 89 percent
  • Children in single-parent households: 20 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 54
  • Air pollution: 12.3

2. Kendall

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: 11 percent
  • Adult obesity rate: 31 percent
  • Excessive drinking: 19 percent
  • Physical inactivity: 19 percent
  • Uninsured: 9 percent
  • High school graduation: 92 percent
  • Children in single-parent households: 20 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 134
  • Air pollution: 12.8

3. DuPage

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: 12 percent
  • Adult obesity rate: 24 percent
  • Excessive drinking: 20 percent
  • Physical inactivity: 19 percent
  • Uninsured: 11 percent
  • High school graduation: 93 percent
  • Children in single-parent households: 19 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 97
  • Air pollution: 13.0

4. Clinton

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: 13 percent
  • Adult obesity rate: 28 percent
  • Excessive drinking: 23 percent
  • Physical inactivity: 30 percent
  • Uninsured: 9 percent
  • High school graduation: 87 percent
  • Children in single-parent households: 24 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 166
  • Air pollution: 12.6

5. Kane

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: 12 percent
  • Adult obesity rate: 27 percent
  • Excessive drinking: 20 percent
  • Physical inactivity: 21 percent
  • Uninsured: 16 percent
  • High school graduation: 83 percent
  • Children in single-parent households: 26 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 183
  • Air pollution: 12.8

6. Shelby

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: 9 percent
  • Adult obesity rate: 32 percent
  • Excessive drinking: N/A
  • Physical inactivity: 33 percent
  • Uninsured: 12 percent
  • High school graduation: 92 percent
  • Children in single-parent households: 22 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 101
  • Air pollution: 13.1

7. Brown

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: N/A
  • Adult obesity rate: 31 percent
  • Excessive drinking: N/A
  • Physical inactivity: 27 percent
  • Uninsured: 11 percent
  • High school graduation: 88 percent
  • Children in single-parent households: 24 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 207
  • Air pollution: 11.2

8. Schuyler

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: N/A
  • Adult obesity rate: 30 percent
  • Excessive drinking: N/A
  • Physical inactivity: 28 percent
  • Uninsured: 15 percent
  • High school graduation: 93 percent
  • Children in single-parent households: 36 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 97
  • Air pollution: 11.2

9. McDonough

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: 11 percent
  • Adult obesity rate: 29 percent
  • Excessive drinking: N/A
  • Physical inactivity: 23 percent
  • Uninsured: 13 percent
  • High school graduation: 86 percent
  • Children in single-parent households: 32 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 175
  • Air pollution: 11.0

10. Hancock

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: 14 percent
  • Adult obesity rate: 30 percent
  • Excessive drinking: N/A
  • Physical inactivity: 30 percent
  • Uninsured: 12 percent
  • High school graduation: 85 percent
  • Children in single-parent households: 29 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 53
  • Air pollution: 10.6

11. DeKalb

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: 13 percent
  • Adult obesity rate: 29 percent
  • Excessive drinking: 24 percent
  • Physical inactivity: 20 percent
  • Uninsured: 13 percent
  • High school graduation: 87 percent
  • Children in single-parent households: 26 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 258
  • Air pollution: 12.6

12. Douglas

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: N/A
  • Adult obesity rate: 30 percent
  • Excessive drinking: N/A
  • Physical inactivity: 28 percent
  • Uninsured: 16 percent
  • High school graduation: 86 percen
  • Children in single-parent households: 22 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 195
  • Air pollution: 13.4

13. McHenry

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: 13 percent
  • Adult obesity rate: 28 percent
  • Excessive drinking: 21 percent
  • Physical inactivity: 22 percent
  • Uninsured: 11 percent
  • High school graduation: 92 percent
  • Children in single-parent households: 20 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 115
  • Air pollution: 12.6

14. Jo Daviess

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: N/A
  • Adult obesity rate: 29 percent
  • Excessive drinking: 21 percent
  • Physical inactivity: 29 percent
  • Uninsured: 14 percent
  • High school graduation: N/A
  • Children in single-parent households: 27 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 169
  • Air pollution: 11.9

15. Lake

  • Adult population with poor or fair health: 14 percent
  • Adult obesity rate: 26 percent
  • Excessive drinking: 19 percent
  • Physical inactivity: 19 percent
  • Uninsured: 12 percent
  • High school graduation: 88 percent
  • Children in single-parent households: 23 percent
  • Violent crime rate: 146
  • Air pollution: 12.8

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