Although it may be surprising to some, a recent study that appeared in a Reuters article revealed that rural areas in the U.S. to be generally less healthy than urban ones, much of it being largely due to socio-economic factors. From the article:
“Some of these rural areas are quite depressed, impoverished, with poor social and economic factors, and they have bad health outcomes,” Patrick Remington of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute said on Thursday.
The study and subsequent rankings takes a snapshot of an area’s health using rates of premature death, low birth weight, disease and various risk factors such as smoking, obesity, drinking and crime, in addition to education and employment rates.
Not all cities fared well in the study. Milwaukee County was one such urban area that ranked last in all of Wisconsin, according to the article.
Read the whole article here – Rural Areas Less Healthy than Urban Areas: Study
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