Douglas County improves, but still low on the healthy county list

Douglas County improves, but still low on the healthy county list
Smoking rates are one of the factors used to determine the overall health of each county in the US. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The results are in, and although the health of Douglas County is better this year, a report says the county is still near the bottom of the list.

According to the report released on Wednesday, Douglas County ranks 30 out of 33 counties for overall health.

The report takes into account things like tobacco use and physical activity, along with factors including education, income and access to health care.

Counties across the country are ranked according to their health outcomes.

Officials with the Douglas County Healh Department said in a release that they are glad to see improvement in the standings. “Although Douglas County received a low overall health ranking of 30 out of 33 Oregon counties, we are pleased to see some improvement since last year’s report,” said Peggy Madison, Administrator of Douglas County Health & Social Services.

You can see the report and track other counties here.