McPherson County 12th healthiest in Kansas, according to national survey

By Staff Reports
March 25, 2015
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

McPherson County is the 12th healthiest county in Kansas, Riley County ranks healthiest in Kansas and Woodson County is the least healthy place in the state, according to the sixth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Rankings are available at

The Rankings are an easy-to-use snapshot comparing the health of nearly every county in the nation. The local-level data allows each state to see how its counties compare on 30 factors that influence health including education, housing, violent crime, jobs, diet, and exercise.

According to the 2015 Rankings, the five healthiest counties in Kansas, starting with most healthy, are Riley, followed by Johnson, Pottawatomie, Stevens, and Jewell. The five areas in the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are Woodson, Decatur, Cherokee, Greenwood, and Labette.

McPherson County ranks 26th in Kansas in length of life, 7th in quality of life, 3rd in health factors, 5th in health behaviors, 8th in clinical care, 12th in social and economic factors, and 17th in physical environment.

For a breakdown of each of those categories, you can go to: