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Report: McDowell unhealthiest county in W.Va. again

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP and WVVA) -- A study says McDowell County is the unhealthiest county in West Virginia, and southern counties continue to lag behind their northern counterparts.

The report was released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin researchers. It ranks counties by several health factors such as smoking, drinking, obesity, and premature deaths, and other areas including education, access to health care and unemployment.

Monongalia County was deemed the healthiest county by the report. It had the lowest number of premature deaths, and for at least the fourth straight year had the lowest rates of unhealthy behaviors.

Monongalia overtook Pendleton County, which had been No. 1 the past three years.

The highest-ranking county in the WVVA viewing area is Greenbrier at No. 35.

This is the fourth-straight year McDowell County has ranked last.

Following is the full list of rankings:

  1. Monongalia
  2. Pendleton
  3. Doddridge
  4. Jefferson
  5. Hampshire
  6. Tucker
  7. Pleasants
  8. Upshur
  9. Putnam
  10. Hardy
  11. Ritchie
  12. Ohio
  13. Roane
  14. Berkeley
  15. Marshall
  16. Hancock
  17. Tyler
  18. Preston
  19. Mineral
  20. Marion
  21. Grant
  22. Wirt
  23. Brooke
  24. Gilmer
  25. Barbour
  26. Calhoun
  27. Jackson
  28. Randolph
  29. Wetzel
  30. Taylor
  31. Braxton
  32. Wood
  33. Morgan
  34. Harrison
  35. Greenbrier
  36. Monroe
  37. Kanawha
  38. Pocahontas
  39. Clay
  40. Webster
  41. Cabell
  42. Mason
  43. Lewis
  44. Nicholas
  45. Raleigh
  46. Summers
  47. Fayette
  48. Lincoln
  49. Wayne
  50. Mercer
  51. Boone
  52. Logan
  53. Mingo
  54. Wyoming
  55. McDowell

In Virginia, counties in Southwest Virginia were listed in the bottom half of the rankings. Giles was the highest at No. 74 of 133. Bland was 100, Wythe was 106, Buchanan was 131 and Tazewell County was 132 of 133.

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