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A new report ranks every Arkansas county by how healthy their residents are and how long they will live. According to the report, residents of Phillips County are twice as likely to die a premature death as residents of Benton County.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – A new report ranks every Arkansas county by how healthy their residents are and how long they will live. According to the report, residents of Phillips County are twice as likely to die a premature death as residents of Benton County.

This is the second year that these rankings have been published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report was release during the annual Sustainability Conference in North Little Rock. The conference is called “Funding Your Future” and is sponsored by the Hometown Health Improvement branch of the Arkansas Department of Health. The conference is made up of representatives from health coalition groups from each county. Representatives say the conference is an opportunity to share what's working and fix what isn't.

The rankings take into consideration issues such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, cancer and tobacco use. Concerns in counties at the bottom of the list are affordability, access to healthcare, education, and employment.

Generally, counties in the northwest are the healthiest, and become unhealthier as you move south and east.

Ed Barham with the Arkansas State Health Department says better health means a better economic result. The data exposes where efforts should be focused.

Quranner Cotledge is the Program Coordinator for the Southeast Region of Hometown Health Improvement. He says we can do something to improve the health in bottom ranking counties by working together.

Health experts, like Elesa Brown from Faulkner County, are discussing ways to fund health initiatives based on the results. "You can compare and work things out by identifying problems and seeing what works and try to implement those strategies in other counties."

After the conference, the representatives will go back to their communities and work on ways to solve health problems in their own counties.

Arkansas Counties Ranked from Healthiest to Unhealthiest

  1. Benton
  2. Washington
  3. Faulkner
  4. Pope
  5. Newton
  6. Franklin
  7. Madison
  8. Clark
  9. Pike
  10. White
  11. Carroll
  12. Johnson
  13. Grant
  14. Saline
  15. Boone
  16. Lonoke
  17. Sebastian
  18. Marion
  19. Scott
  20. Baxter
  21. Howard
  22. Crawford
  23. Conway
  24. Stone
  25. Randolph
  26. Craighead
  27. Montgomery
  28. Cleburne
  29. Hot Spring
  30. Polk
  31. Pulaski
  32. Cleveland
  33. Independence
  34. Bradley
  35. Miller
  36. Lawrence
  37. Little River
  38. Greene
  39. Columbia
  40. Perry
  41. Yell
  42. Sevier
  43. Drew
  44. Fulton
  45. Garland
  46. Izard
  47. Cross
  48. Hempstead
  49. Logan
  50. Jefferson
  51. Lafayette
  52. Calhoun
  53. Clay
  54. Van Buren
  55. Prairie
  56. Lee
  57. Ashley
  58. Lincoln
  59. Searcy
  60. Ouachita
  61. Sharp
  62. Jackson
  63. Union
  64. Nevada
  65. Desha
  66. Arkansas
  67. Woodruff
  68. St. Francis
  69. Monroe
  70. Mississippi
  71. Crittenden
  72. Chicot
  73. Dallas
  74. Poinsett
  75. Phillips
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