Collin County recently ranked No. 2 on the healthiest county list for the state of Texas. The list, 2013 County Health Rankings, is completed annually by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
Neighboring counties Denton and Rockwall follow in the rankings at Nos. 3 and 4. Of the 254 counties in Texas, 232 were ranked – 22 counties did not have enough data collected to be fairly assessed. Those counties are mainly in the panhandle and western region of the state.
Collin ranks No. 1 in the state in Health Behaviors and Social & Economic Factors. In Health Behaviors, Collin ranks below the state average in adult smoking, adult obesity, physical inactivity and excessive drinking, among others. The teen birthrate is just 23 per 1,000, while the state overall rate is 60.
In Social & Economic Factors, the high school graduation rate is 95%, well ahead of the state average of 86%. Children in poverty is 10% (state average 27%) and 79% have attended some college (state average 57%).
Collin County is third in Clinical Care and fourth in Mortality (years of potential life lost before age 75 per 100,000 population). Clinical Care measures uninsured people, primary care physicians, dentists, preventable hospital stays and diabetic and mammography screening.
The state’s healthiest county was Williamson, which is the north of Austin. Polk County, in East Texas, is the least healthy county.
This is welcome news – McKinney has consistently been recognized as a top city to live and do business. Businesses and residents are attracted to desirable communities that offer reliable healthcare, outstanding education as well as a safe and secure living environment.
Click here to see Collin County’s report card.