North Dakota December 27, 2016
Here Are The 10 Unhealthiest Counties In North Dakota
A long while back we looked at the
10 Healthiest Counties in North Dakota, determined by factors such as percentage of residents with certain health factors, risks, and amount in poor health. Things like smoking, alcohol abuse, obesity, air pollution levels – all of them play a role into physical health and well being. This data taken in 2016 has ranked the 10 unhealthiest counties in the state, and here they are:
10. McIntosh County
McIntosh County starts off our list. The entire county's population is 2,801. Among those residents, about 13% reported being in poor or fair health (the better options being excellent or good health). This is not very high, as the top counties in the US tend to be around 12% on average.
9. Eddy County
Just above tenth is Eddy County, at ninth on this list. The population is 2,377, and 19% of those smoke, and the same percentage take part in excessive drinking. 14% of the residents report being in poor or fair health.
8. McLean County
McLean County ranks eighth unhealthiest in North Dakota. Out of the 9,587 residents, 12% reported poor or fair health, and the percentage of adults with health-impairing obesity is over the national average.
7. Dunn County
At seventh is Dunn County and its 4,399 residents. While the quality of life there is considered higher than most counties, the health behaviors and factors bring it to this ranking. Most notably, physical inactivity and alcohol-impaired driving deaths are above the national average here.
6. McKenzie County
At sixth on the list is McKenzie County, including places like Watford City. Over 10,000 people live in this county. 13% of them report being in poor or fair health as opposed to excellent or good health.
5. Mountrail County
This county ranks fifth on the list. Out of the 9,782 people who live here, 16% are in poor or fair health - the highest on this list so far.
4. Burke County
Burke County, including towns such as Bowbells, Flaxton, and Powers Lake, has a population of 2,245 and ranks fourth on the list according to County Health Rankings. While most of the health factors hover around national averages, things like physical inactivity are high and access to exercise opportunities reportedly low.
3. Rolette County
Third goes to Rolette County, with the county seat of Rolla. Out of its 14,616 residents, a staggering 29% report being in poor or fair health. Adult smoking is 18% higher than the statewide average, and many other factors are over as well.
2. Benson County
Second on the list is Benson County. The population is 6,833 and 25% of the residents say they are of less than good health.
1. Sioux County
The number one unhealthiest county, according to County Health Rankings, is Sioux County. This county includes towns such as Fort Yates, Selfridge, and Cannon Ball, and the overall population is 4,422. Of these residents, 31% report being in poor health. Adult smoking percentage is double the statewide average and many other negative health factors are as well (such as obesity and STIs).
Many of these factors are preventable and a lot of them are things people are putting forth self effort to stop. As the new year rolls in there are plenty of resolutions made, generally relating to improving physical health. What is your New Year’s resolution?