Columbia, SC (WLTX) - How healthy is your county in South Carolina? A new study out Wednesday morning measures just that.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the rankings which examine the health and well being of people living in almost every county in the United States. Researchers consider factors like mortality rates, education, obesity and access to food.
Beaufort County is the healthiest ranked number 1, Marion County the unhealthiest ranked 46. Here's how some of the Midlands' counties break down:
Lexington - 5
Kershaw - 6
Richland - 12
Orangeburg - 36
Lee - 45
For the complete list, click here.
The foundation uses this information to track trends and found child poverty rates have not improved since 2000, violent crimes have decreased by almost 50-percent over the past 20 years, and teen birth rates are about twice as high in the least healthy counties.