Hancock ranked Maine's healthiest county
The Associated Press
AUGUSTA — A new study says Hancock County in eastern Maine is the healthiest county in the state while Oxford in western Maine is the least healthy.
The annual County Health Rankings to be released Thursday by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation look at a variety of measures such as the rate of people dying before age 75, high school graduation rates, access to healthier foods, air pollution levels, income, and rates of smoking, obesity and teen births.
After Hancock, the next four healthiest counties are Franklin, Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln. They are followed, in order, by York, Knox, Waldo, Kennebec, Piscataquis, Penobscot and Androscoggin.
The least healthy counties are Aroostook, followed by Somerset, Washington and finally Oxford.
An annual report on county health rankings was released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
A link to the report can be found here: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/