Kentucky Health Rankings Released

In a state with chronic health problems, Owsley County is ranked by a new survey as Kentucky’s unhealthiest place.

Among the 20 counties ranked as Kentucky’s unhealthiest, 19 are east of Lexington. The rankings were released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report ranks the health of nearly every county in all 50 states.

It found a huge gap between Kentucky’s healthiest and unhealthiest counties.

In Owsley County, residents are more than three times likely to die prematurely than in Boone County, ranked as Kentucky’s healthiest county. Boone is in Kentucky’s prosperous northernmost tip.

The 10 counties rated as Kentucky’s healthiest are mostly clustered in central Kentucky.

The bottom 10, with the exception of Fulton County, are in eastern Kentucky.