MADISON, Wis. - Carver County tops the list of healthiest Minnesota counties.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute Wednesday released their annual rankings.
The map shows the healthiest areas are around the metro, with Carver County topping the list. The county had high marks healthy behavior and social and economic factors. It also ranked 2nd lowest for mortality.
However, Hennepin County ranked 55 out of 87. Anoka ranked 47.
Cass County came in last.
The list examines the health and well-being of people living in nearly every county in the United States. The authors say this year's list shows significant national trends, which highlight the disparities between the healthiest and least healthy counties.
For example, there is evidence that premature death rates are at the lowest level in 20 years. However, people in the unhealthiest counties are dying too early at more than twice the rates of those in the healthiest counties.
Overall, the data show that people living in healthier counties are 1.4 times more likely to have access to a doctor and dentist than those in the least healthy counties.