LISTEN: St. Charles County is the healthiest county in Missouri

Monroe County in Illinois also fared well in the annual report.

Fred Bodimer
March 20, 2019 - 3:55 am

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) — St. Charles County leads the way once again this year as the healthiest county in the state of Missouri. 

This is the tenth year in a row St. Charles County has topped the annual state rankings compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute. 

St. Charles County was ranked first out out of Missouri's 115 counties for both health outcomes and health factors. 

Health outcomes include length of life, premature death, quality of life, poor physical or mental health days, and low birthweight. 

Health factors include behaviors like adult smoking and obesity, physical inactivity, excessive drinking, sexually transmitted infections and teen births. Also included are clinical care issues like access to primary care physicians and dentists, mammography screening, flu vaccinations and preventable hospital stays. 

St. Louis County came in at number 18 for health outcomes and number 7 for health factors. 

St. Louis City ranked 112th on health outcomes and 113th on health factors.  

Jefferson County was 32nd in health outcomes and 44th for health factors.  

Franklin County ranked 55th for health outcomes and 17th on health factors. 

In Illinois, Monroe County finished first out of all 102 counties for health outcomes.  It ranked second for health factors.  

Madison County was 77th in health outcomes and 62nd on health factors.  

St. Clair County came in 94th on both health outcomes and health factors. 

The complete nationwide and Missouri and Illinois-specific rankings may be viewed at