Hennepin Lands In Middle Of Pack For Health Ranking

County finishes 44th in ranking of 87 Minnesota counties based on health outcomes.

If you want to live longer and spend the rest of your remaining days in good health, you may want to move to Carver County. Carver topped the list of 87 Minnesota counties for health outcomes, according to the 2016 County Health Rankings report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute. 

The report ranked counties in each state based on health outcomes and health factors. The two groups used five measures to determine health outcomes in each county, including such variables as premature death and days in poor health. They used 30 measures to determine health factors in each county that influence health outcomes, including such behaviors as smoking, alcohol-consumption and physical-activity rates.

Hennepin County came in 44th in the Minnesota county ranking for health outcomes, with Ramsey County coming in 66th.

Both did slightly better on the health factors ranking. Hennepin finished 25th on the health factors list, while Ramsey ended up in 58th place. Perhaps enjoying the influence of the Mayo Clinic, Olmsted County was the highest-ranked county in the state for health factors.

Mahnomen County, which is located within the White Earth Indian Reservation in northwest Minnesota, was last on both the health outcomes and health factors rankings.

Overall, Minnesota scored better on the five health outcome measures and the 30 health factors measures than the U.S. median for all states. For example, 11 percent of Minnesotans described themselves as being in fair or poor health compared with the median of 16 percent nationally.

The health care system here availed itself well in the report with more primary care doctors per resident than the national median and with fewer avoidable hospital admissions than the national median.