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unhealthy(Washington) – A report on county health rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says that the region has some of the unhealthiest people in the state of Missouri.

Howell County ranks 91st out of Missouri’s 114 counties and one independent city. The study cites 19% of residents are in poor health, compared to a national average of 10%, with a higher rate of poor physical and mental health days reported in a 30-day span, along with a high adult obesity rate, a high smoking rate, a high teen birth rate, and a high rate for people with sexually transmitted diseases.

The report also says that 18% of people in the county are uninsured, with one primary care physician for every 1352 people, and one dentist for every 2940 people.

In surrounding counties, Douglas County ranks 71st, Wright County ranks 85th, Oregon County ranks 93rd, Shannon County ranks 95th, Texas County ranks 101st, and Ozark County ranks 104th. In Arkansas, Baxter County ranks extremely highly, coming in 16th out of Arkansas’ 75 counties. Marion County ranks 36th, and Fulton County ranks 49th.

A link to the study results can be found here.

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