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Davis County’s pretty healthy place
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Tom Busselberg
Tom Busselberg

All things considered, Davis County is a pretty healthy place in which to live. 

A recently-released County Health Rankings by the Robert Wood Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute put Davis County at seventh place among the state’s 29 counties.

It looked at everything from environmental factors to quality of life, health behaviors and social and economic factors.

We know the county doesn’t fare the best for air pollution, which, at 12.3 percent comes in above state and national levels. 

But in terms of children in poverty, it fares better than the state. Ten percent isn’t good, but the state average is 13 percent and the national average is that nearly one in six children live in poverty. 

Three-quarters of adults have attended at least some college, above the state average. More people, four in five, are close to exercise opportunities than is the state average. The percentage of uninsured, at 12 percent, is well below the state average of 17 percent. 

Drinking water violations are way above the state average, at 17 percent compared to 12 percent. Driving alone to work and enduring a long commute alone continue to be higher than the state average Р but UTA and others are trying to do something to reduce that. 

At seventh place, the county out-performs Salt Lake County, which came in 12th. It was lower than Utah or Cache Counties, but those counties have a larger percentage of college-age and young family populations. 

As Davis County Health Director Lewis Garrett said, the number of middle age and seniors among the population continues to grow, particularly in south Davis County, skewing the numbers, a bit. 

“The take home message is the quality of life from a public health standpoint is very, very good,” he said. “The environmental areas tend to pull our ratings around a little bit. Health behaviors and personal habits pull us up.”

When compared to the rest of the country, Davis County comes out in the 90th percentile, Garrett said. 

There is always more that we can do as a county and as individuals. It would appear we are doing a lot right. It also seems we are trying to fix other issues, such as air pollution. At least we are talking about them. 

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