CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Pleasants County has an inviting name. Now it has the distinction of being West Virginia's healthiest county.
released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin researchers ranks the state's 55 counties by several health factors such as smoking, drinking, obesity, premature deaths, and other areas including education, access to health care and unemployment.
Pleasants County jumped to first this year from seventh in last year's study, overtaking Monongalia County, which slipped to second. Pendleton County, which was first in studies released from 2010-12, was third, followed by Doddridge, Jefferson, Hampshire, Upshur, Tucker, Berkeley and Ritchie.
McDowell County ranked last for the fifth straight year. The 10 counties at the bottom of the list remain unchanged from last year. All are in the southern part of the state.
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