Wow, the 2010 County Health Rankings report shows Brookings, South Dakota topping the list on “Health Outcomes” and third on “Health Factors”. This means the Brookings county rated high in most health specific categories:

1. Health Outcomes (how healthy a county is)
– Mortality (death proportions)
– Morbidity (health state)

2. Health Factors – (what influences health of county)
– Health Behaviors – (smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol use)
– Clinical Care – (access to care, quality of care)
– Social & Economic Factors – (education, employment, income, safety)
– Physical Environment – (Air quality, built environment)
– Mortality – (length of life, premature death)
– Morbidity – (quality of life, low birth weight)

On “Health Outcomes”, Lincoln county is second and Clay county is third. On “Health Factors”, Lincoln ranks first, followed by Lawrence county and Brookings is third.

Top 10 County Health Rankings (SD) on Health Outcomes:

1 – Brookings
2 – Lincoln
3 – Clay
4 – Union
5 – Turner
6 – Hamlin
7 – Spink
8 – Brown
9 – Hughes
10 – Yankton

Top 10 County Health Rankings (SD) on Health Factors:

1 – Lincoln
2 – Lawrence
3 – Brookings
4 – Hughes
5 – Minnehaha
6 – Brule
7 – Miner
8 – Kingsbury
9 – Custer
10 – Hutchinson

The full 2010 County Health Rankings for South Dakota can be accessed here.

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