Where we live, learn, work and play matters to our health. And Collin County is the healthiest in Texas, according to a survey that examined nearly every county in the United States.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute recently released the third annual County Health Rankings.

Collin County ranked No. 1 overall out of 221 counties in Texas – meaning that Collin County is the healthiest in Texas.

To learn more – or see the full rankings for Texas and across the country – visit www.countyhealthrankings.org.

Health outcomes in County Health Rankings represent how healthy a county is. The survey measured two types of health outcomes: how long people live (mortality) and how healthy people feel while alive (morbidity).

Health factors in County Health Rankings represent what influences the health of a county. Researchers measured four types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic, and physical environment factors. In turn, each of these factors is based on several measures.

Among the specific measures used to calculate the rankings were: adult smoking, obesity, binge drinking, access to primary care physicians, rates of high school graduation, rate of violent crime, air pollution levels, unemployment rates and number of children living in poverty.

The goal of the rankings is to educate counties about where they are doing well and where improvement is needed to ensure that every community is as healthy as possible.

The only demerit Collin County received was a poor showing in physical environment. That wasn’t tied to air pollution, the number of ozone days or a lack of access to recreational facilities. It was tied to Collin County residents’ access to – not indulgence in – fast food restaurants.

Here are the top 10 Texas counties, as ranked by County Health Rankings for health outcomes and health factors.

Health Outcomes By County:

  1. Collin
  2. Williamson
  3. Rockwall
  4. Denton
  5. Gillespie
  6. Kendall
  7. Comal
  8. Travis
  9. Fort Bend
  10. Brazos

Health Factors By County:

  1. Kendall
  2. Collin
  3. Gillespie
  4. Rockwall
  5. Williamson
  6. Comal
  7. Randall
  8. Denton
  9. Fort Bend
  10. Jeff Davis