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Dane County ranked 15th healthiest county in Wis.

Published On: Mar 20 2013 12:12:06 PM CDT
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MILWAUKEE -

A new report says Ozaukee County is the healthiest of Wisconsin's 72 counties. Dane County is 15th, and Milwaukee County is second-worst at No. 71, above only Menominee County.

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

The groups ranked the counties based on 25 factors that influence health. They include rates of smoking and childhood poverty, obesity levels, teen birth rates and access to medical care.

Ozaukee County came out on top, followed by Kewaunee, St. Croix, Pierce and Door counties.

The bottom five were Menominee, Milwaukee, Marquette, Adams and Forest counties.

Milwaukee County ranked low in part because 29 percent of residents were considered obese and 30 percent of kids were growing up in single-parent households.

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