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Oklahomans: How healthy is your county?

by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: November 20, 2013
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Kingfisher County is the healthiest county in Oklahoma, according to data analyzed by Oklahoma Policy Institute.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma County, the state’s most populated county, ranks No. 30 in health, and Tulsa County ranks No. 22.

You can learn where your county stands by visiting this link to Oklahoma Policy Institute‘s reports.

I made a quick map that shows the top 10 “healthiest” counties and the bottom 10 counties as well.

  • Top 10 “Healthiest” Counties:
  • No. 1: Kingfisher County
    No. 2: Cleveland County
    No. 3: Cimarron County
    No. 4: Texas County
    No. 5: Payne County
    No. 6: Canadian County
    No. 7: Noble County
    No. 8: Rogers County
    No. 9: Logan County
    No. 10: Grant County
  • Bottom 10 counties:
  • No. 68: Marshall County
    No. 69: Love County
    No. 70: Choctaw County
    No. 71: Garvin County
    No. 72: Johnston County
    No. 73: Mayes County
    No. 74: Coal County
    No. 75: Seminole County
    No. 76: Kiowa County
    No. 77: Pushmataha County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The biggest differences I noticed between Kingfisher (No. 1) and Pushmataha (No. 77) were:

- The median personal income in Kingfisher County was $53,050. The median personal income in Pushmataha County was $30,190.

- The child poverty rate in Kingfisher was 14 percent. In Pushmataha County, it was 29 percent, more than double.

- The unemployment rate was significantly higher in Pushmataha County than in Kingfisher County — and the top employment sectors were different. In Pushmataha County, the top three employment sectors were health care and social services, education and retail. In Kingfisher County, agriculture, oil/gas and information were the top three sectors.

- The smoking rate in Pushmataha County (40 percent) was twice as high as in Kingfisher County (19 percent).

If you want to learn even more about your county’s health, you can also visit the State of the State’s Health Report.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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