Grant County in northeastern South Dakota has been recognized for being the healthiest county in South Dakota, according to the ninth annual County Health Rankings.

The data, compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, is a collection of health and socioeconomic statistics for every county in the nation. Click here to view the summary data for South Dakota.

The rankings indicate community health status by using more than 30 measures, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income inequality and teen births.  

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation not only leads the study, they also provide road maps that provide guidance and tools to understand the data and strategies that communities can use to move into action. Resources are available on their website to help communities bring people together from all walks of life to look at the factors that influence health, focus on strategies that are proven to work, learn from each other and make changes that will have a lasting impact on health.