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Which Are The Healthiest Michigan Counties? New Rankings Released

March 20, 2019 - 4:31 pm

(WWJ) A new report says Leelanau, Livingston and Washtenaw counties are the healthiest in the state -- while Wayne County ranks near the bottom.

The rundown released by the nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation puts Oakland County in the number 8 spot out of the 83 counties (from best to worst) in Michigan, looking at how long people live and how healthy they feel.

Macomb County ranks down at number 54, while Wayne County comes in second to last on the list. 

[CLICK HERE see the complete Michigan county rankings]

The report is the only tool of its kind that measures the overall health of the nation’s more than 3,100 counties, highlighting key health factors that affect health -- including health behaviors, access to and quality of clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.

Researchers put the information together using self-reported health status, premature death and the percent of low birth weight newborns.  

“These rankings reflect the hard work of our numerous collaborations and partners who are committed to improving the health and quality of life for all residents in Oakland County,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County Health Division. “We look forward to building and enhancing relationships with organizations and community members to advance these efforts.”

For more information about the rankings or to review the full national report, visit