Jackson and Wyandotte counties rank at bottom in new report

03/27/2014 11:36 AM

04/05/2014 5:34 PM

The health rankings of Kansas City area counties in a new study should tell area elected officials where improvements are needed most.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute rankings looked at 29 factors, including smoking, high school graduation rates, employment, physical inactivity and access to healthy foods.



show us that people living in the least healthy counties have twice the premature death rates than those living in the healthiest counties,” the study notes. “There are also twice as many children living in poverty and teen births in the least healthy counties as in the healthiest counties.”

It’s not surprising that Johnson County is the healthiest county in Kansas. It also is among the wealthiest counties in the country.

Platte County ranked fourth among Missouri’s 115 counties. Clay County was No. 12, and Cass County was No. 15.

Wyandotte County ranked 96th among Kansas’ 98 ranked counties. Jackson County was 75th in Missouri.

Those are the two most racially and ethnically diverse counties in this metropolitan area and they also are the ones that need immense amounts of resources to improve living conditions and outcomes for all children and families.

Join the Discussion

The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service