West TN Counties Listed As Unhealthiest

An annual survey lists Williamson County as the healthiest in Tennessee and Benton County as the least healthy.

The rankings were announced early Wednesday by The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The healthiest counties, following Williamson, were Sumner, Rutherford, Moore, Blount, Wilson, Putnam, Knox, Robertson and Montgomery.

The least healthy were Benton, Grundy, Fentress, Campbell, Lewis, Hardeman, Carroll, Cocke, Rhea and Decatur.

Criteria were the rate of people dying before age 75; the percent of people in fair or poor health; the amount of days people report being in poor physical or mental health; and the rate of low-birthweight infants.

The foundation says it is the country’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of Americans.