Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – New rankings out Wednesday show St. Charles County residents are among the healthiest in Missouri.

St. Louis city residents…not so much.

The annual listing is compiled by a group called County Health Rankings.

It reveals St. Charles County to be the third-healthiest in the state

St. Louis County comes in at #18, then Franklin County 25th, followed by Jefferson County 38th.

St. Louis City comes in at a wheezy #105, with only a handful of counties ranking worse in the Show-Me State.

What makes the difference?

The survey shows that the rate of premature death in the city of St. Louis is more than twice that in St. Charles County.

The teen birth rate is three times higher in St. Louis City as in St. Charles County, and the sexually transmitted infection rate is nearly six times higher in St. Louis City.

Information on Illinois’ health ratings can be found here.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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