Hancock County ranks in top third of health study

HANCOCK COUNTY — A recent nationwide study shows Hancock County is a good place to be in relation to the rest of the state if you’re measuring healthy places to live.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute recently ranked Hancock County 25th of the state’s 92 counties in terms of general health outcomes in its annual study released Wednesday.

The study, which ranks the health of nearly every county in the country, correlated a variety of information in six broad categories including death rates, quality of life, health behaviors, social factors and physical environment to place the county in the top quarter of Indiana’s healthy counties. The rankings are based on county-level data from a variety of state and national sources.

Hamilton, Hendricks and Boone counties topped the Indiana list for the second year in a row, while Scott, Starke and Fayette counties were deemed the least successful in health outcomes, according to the study.

Scott and Fayette also were among the least healthy counties a year ago.

Though Hancock County fared well again this year, it fell out of the top quarter of the state’s healthiest counties, dropping six spots from last year’s ranking of 19th.

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