Some northern Michigan counties rank high in new county health report

Several northern Michigan counties ranked highest in new health report (Photo courtesy of

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- There are mixed results in northern Michigan for health rankings by county.

Five northern Michigan counties finished in the top portion of the state for community health, while 11 counties were ranked in the bottom.

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a collaborative effort between The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, compares counties in each state on more than 30 health factors.

In Michigan, Grand Traverse County ranked no. 2 among the 83 counties in the state.

Emmet, Leelanau, Charlevoix and Antrim counties followed just behind at 6, 7, 11 and 17.

The rankings measure how long people live, how healthy they feel and percentage of low weight newborns.

The report looks at access to healthy foods, affordable housing in crime-free areas and quality education.

The data is broken down into ethnic groups.

The lowest ranking in northern Michigan was Lake County, which was ranked third from last at 81.

Oscoda County ranked low as well at 79, Clare County at 78 and Crawford County at 77.

You can see details of the report here.

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