Riley County ranked top 5 healthiest in Kansas, Shawnee drops to 79

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Riley County is among the healthiest in Kansas, while Shawnee County has a grimmer outlook, according to a new study released March 19.

The Kansas Health Insitute shared the 2019 County Health Rankings for the state. The report ranks 102 counties from healthiest to least healthy. Riley County landed the number five spot, while Shawnee County dropped from 61 in 2018 to 79 this year.

The rankings come from factors including self-reported health status, education, job stability, safe neighborhoods and access to healthcare. Combined, the study said these can impact quality and length of life.

According to County Health Rankings’ in-depth online reports, some differentiating results between Riley and Shawnee County include:

  • 4,500 premature deaths in Riley County, compared to 8,600 in Shawnee.
  • 259 documented violent crimes in Riley County, compared to 444 violent crimes in Shawnee.
  • 25 percent of respondents reporting adult obesity in Riley County, compared to 36 percent in Shawnee.

To see County Health Ranking’s interactive map and individual health statistics for each Kansas county, click here.

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