Updated: March 26, 2014 11:34PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say three adjoining central Indiana counties have topped a ranking of the state’s healthiest counties for the second straight year. Porter County appeared to be the healthiest in Northwest Indiana.
Hamilton, Hendricks and Boone counties just north, west and northwest of Indianapolis are ranked as the healthiest of Indiana’s 92 counties in an annual statewide survey released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
In Northwest Indiana, the study found that Porter County is the healthiest in health outcomes (14) and health factors (12). Lake County, on the other hand, rated 77th in health outcomes and 87th in health factors. LaPorte rated 72nd in health outcomes and 75th in health factors.
Also in the study, Newton County scored 49th in health outcomes and dipped to 90th in health outcomes. Jasper was 48th and 46th, respectively.
The survey assessed health outcomes based on 29 factors that influence health, including smoking, high school graduation rates and physical inactivity.
State Health Commissioner William VanNess says the “rankings demonstrate that where you live matters.”
He also says that health habits “start first in the home and are supported through neighborhoods, community coalitions, business, education and government.”
Online: Health Rankings: www.countyhealthrankings.org