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Middlesex County Healthiest in Mass.; Hampden Worst

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps study ranked the state's 14 counties.

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Middlesex County is the healthiest county in the state, while Hampden is the worst, according to a nationwide study.

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps rankings were based on birth rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, and the quality of air and water, among other factors.

In Middlesex County, 23 percent of adults were found to be obese and 11 percent smoked, according to the study. In Hampden County, those number were 29 percent and 19 percent, respectively.

Here are the full county rankings for Massachusetts:

1. Middlesex
2. Dukes
3. Norfolk
4. Nantucket
5. Hampshire
6. Essex
7. Barnstable
8. Franklin
9. Worcester
10. Plymouth
11. Berkshire
12. Bristol
13. Suffolk
14. Hampden
MikeA March 27, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Patch is numero uno is publishing meaningless statistics.
Carrie March 27, 2014 at 06:56 PM
I don't find this meaningless.
Dennis Naughton March 28, 2014 at 08:17 AM
What would really make it meaningful is addressing the root causes.
Joe Piantedosi March 28, 2014 at 07:18 PM
The root cause is obvious: Middlesex County is much wealthier and better educated than the other counties. Fewer people smoke and they eat healthier. Also in the poorer counties most residents lead harder lives. They work in hard manual labor jobs and can't afford health clubs and other health related programs.

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