GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 26, 2014) — How does the county in which you live compare to the rest of Michigan when it comes to teen pregnancy, children living in poverty, and other health factors? Some newly-released county health rankings will help give you an answer.
The online report — available here — is an interactive website that looks at a variety of health-related issues and ranks counties by comparing them to the rest of the state. For example, if you click on Kent County one of the statistics is that 23% of children in the county live in poverty. According to the Kent County Health Department, the national benchmark is 13%.
Ottawa County was ranked #1 in overall health, making it the healthiest county in the state of Michigan. Other counties in this are of the state include Allegan at #9, Kent at #16, Kalamazoo at #43, and Muskegon at #67.