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Ozaukee, Kewaunee counties top healthy rankings


KEWAUNEE, WI (WTAQ) - People in Milwaukee’s far northern suburbs are the healthiest in Wisconsin.

Ozaukee County is Number One in the annual county health rankings released by the UW-Madison Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Ozaukee moved into the top spot after being second a year ago among Wisconsin’s 72 counties. Ozaukee was judged as having the state’s best clinical care facilities. It also ranked the highest in social and economic factors like education, low poverty, and a lack of violent crime.

Kewaunee County was ranked second-best. St. Croix, which was Number One a year ago, dropped to third.

Pierce, Door, Taylor, Iowa, Portage, Vernon, and Washington counties round out the Top 10.

The least healthiest county was Menominee, home of the Menominee Indian reservation. Milwaukee County, with some of the nation’s highest poverty, was second-to-last in the state’s health rankings.