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Yakima County Ranks 35 out of 39 in Washington State Health Ranking

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A recently released health ranking paints a poor picture for those living in Yakima County.

Of the 39 counties in the state, Yakima came in 35th in this year’s health rankings.

The annual report, published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, takes several different factors into account. Things like social and economic standings, even the physical environment you live in.

Yakima county scored pretty poorly in many aspects. For example, in Yakima, the rate of uninsured people is 15% higher than the rest of the nation.

The rankings are not all bad for the entire region. One bright spot is Kittitas County which is actually ranked as the healthiest county in the state.

Several other local areas did pretty well too. Benton coming in 12th and Franklin County at 18th, both in the top 50%.

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