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#10 Andrew County
Located in Northwestern Missouri with a total population of 17,291, Jackson was ranked #1 in Quality of Life and #10 in overall Health Outcomes. The county seat and largest city is Savannah (population 5,057), and it is considered part of the St. Joseph Metropolitan Area. They also ranked #7 in overall Health Factors, with a #6 ranking in Social & Economic Factors.
#9 Clay County
The fifth most populous county in Missouri (221,939), and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, Clay contains many of Kansas City’s northern suburbs as well as a significant portion of the city itself. Other cities in the county include Kearney, the birthplace of Jesse James, and Excelsior Springs, home of the beautiful historic downtown. In overall Health Outcomes, they were ranked #9, and in overall Health Factors they scored a ranking of #6.
#8 Maries County
With a population of 9,176, Maries County was ranked #8 in overall Health Outcomes (#8 in Quality and #11 in Length of Life). The county seat, Vienna, is home to the Maries County Jail and Sheriff’s House. Belle is another city in Maries County. Health Factors had a major bearing on their overall ranking not being higher, as they were #54 out of 114.
#7 Boone County
Boone is the 8th most populous county in Missouri, naming Columbia as its county seat. Columbia is also the largest city in the county, and the 5th largest city in Missouri, with a population of 116,906. Named for Daniel Boone and home of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Boone also claims part of the Mark Twain National Forest. Other cities in the county include Ashland, Centralia, and Hallsville. They were ranked #3 in overall Health Factors, #1 in Health Behaviors, #2 in Clinical Care, and #10 in Social and Economic Factors. In overall Health Outcomes, they ranked #7, with a #6 ranking in Length of Life.
#6 Chariton County
This mostly rural county with a population of 7,831, scored #6 in overall Health Outcomes, and #3 in Length of Life. Located in the North Central portion of the state, their county seat is Keytesville and largest city is Salisbury, with a population of 1,579. Marceline, another city in the county, is known for being the childhood home of Walt Disney.
#5 Lafayette County
This county in Western Missouri is part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, and claims Lexington as its county seat. The largest city in the county is Odessa, with a population of 5,249. The county also contains part of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, and more than 29 properties and districts on the National Register of Historic places including the Anderson House and Lexington Battlefield in Lexington and the Odessa Ice Cream Company building in Odessa. They ranked #5 in overall Health Outcomes, with a rank of #10 for Length of Life and #2 in Quality of Life. They were ranked #21 in overall Health Factors, with a ranking of #15 in Social and Economic Factors.
#4 Christian County
Another county laying claim to part of the Mark Twain National Forest, Christian ranked in the top ten in several areas including #4 in overall Health Outcomes, and #5 in overall Health Factors. The largest city is Nixa, with a population of 30,713, and the county seat is in Ozark. They are one of the fastest growing counties in Missouri and are also considered part of the Springfield Metropolitan Area. Other cities in the county include Billings, Sparta, Clever, and Highlandville.
#3 Platte County
Another county that is part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, and containing some of the city’s northwestern suburbs, Platte was ranked #3 in overall Health Outcomes, and #4 in Length of Life. In overall Health Factors, they ranked #1, with #4 in Clinical Care and #3 in Social and Economic Factors. Cities in the county include county seat Platte City, as well as Riverside, Weston, Dearborn, and Edgerton.
#2 St. Charles County
The 3rd most populous county in Missouri, with a population of 360,485, St. Charles is part of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area and contains many of the city’s suburbs. The county seat is in the city of St. Charles, and the largest city is O’Fallon, with a population of 36,561. They feature many historic places, including the Daniel Boone Home in Defiance, St. Charles Historic District in St. Charles, and Mt. Pleasant Winery Historic District in Augusta. Other cities in the county include St. Peters, Wentzville, Lake St. Louis, and Foristell. The county ranked #2 in overall Health Factors and #2 in overall Health Outcomes, with a ranking of #1 in Social and Economic Factors, and #3 in Health Behaviors.
The healthiest county in Missouri ranked #1 in overall Health Outcomes, with a ranking of #1 in Length of Life and #3 in Quality of Life. They were also ranked #12 in overall Health Factors. The county seat is Maryville, which with a population of 16,056, is also the largest city in the county. Attractions and points of interest include the Missouri State Arboretum, Mozingo Lake, Nodaway County Historical Society Museum, and Northwest Missouri State University. Other cities in the county include Ravenwood, Burlington Junction, Hopkins and Skidmore.
Do you live in any of these counties? What are your favorite ways to stay healthy?