Madison County is not so healthy. That's the word from a new study released by and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In the study ranking the healthiest counties in the nation, Madison ranked 83rd out of the 102 counties in Illinois. Jersey County ranks 37th, and Macoupin County is 45th in the study that looks at data on smoking, obesity, poverty and access to doctors and dentists.
Calhoun County did a little better, ranking 13th, while St. Clair County was 88th on the list. The study called Douglas County, in east central Illinois, the healthiest county in the state. Sixteen-percent of children in Douglas County live in poverty. Alexander County, in far southern Illinois where the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers meet, is the least healthy and has 48-percent of its children living in poverty. Across the river, St. Charles County, Missouri was the healthiest county in that state. St. Louis County was 20th out of 115 counties, while the city of St. Louis ranked 110th. Find out more about the rest of the country through a link at this story at www.countyhealthrankings.org