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Report says McDowell County Unhealthiest in State


A report says McDowell County is again the unhealthiest county in West Virginia.

The report released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin researchers ranks the southern coalfield county last among all 55 counties for the sixth straight year.

The report uses health factors such as smoking, drinking, adult obesity, premature deaths, and other areas including education, access to health care and unemployment.

Other counties at the bottom of the list, also in the southern part of the state, are Wyoming, Mingo, Logan and Mercer.

The report ranks Pendleton County as the healthiest. Jefferson is the second-healthiest county — up three spots from last year — and Monongalia drops one spot to third. Last year’s leader, Pleasants County, slips to fourth and Upshur is fifth.