Hennepin County is the most populous county in Minnesota. It encompasses a city that regularly breaks the Top 10 in all sorts of quality of life studies. But if you want the healthiest county, you're going to need to look west.
According to a University of Wisconsin study, Lac qui Parle County, population 7,259, ranks top in Minnesota health outcomes, the study's measure of a county's overall health.
Put it down to a lot of clean country living.[jump]
Hennepin County ranks 48 out of 85. Not great by any measure, but things could be worse: Ramsey County ranks 59.
The least healthy county in the state: Cass.
Some of the factors that went into the study include measures of smoking, diet and exercise, alcohol use, and risky sex behavior, and socio-economic factors including levels of education, employment, income, family and social support, and community safety. Environmental quality also mattered.
What's the secret in LqP?
"Livin' on a farm ... you're workin' hard. You're always constantly moving here and there, so doing more physical things," Bellingham farmer Robert Radermacher told KSAX.