PORTLAND, Maine — A new national study says Franklin County is Maine’s healthiest county, while neighboring Oxford County is the state’s least healthy.
The national study by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked the overall health of the counties in all 50 states.
After Franklin, Maine’s healthiest counties were Hancock, Cumberland, Lincoln and York. The five least healthy counties were Oxford, Washington, Somerset, Aroostook and Piscataquis.
The report ranked counties based on factors including smoking, obesity, binge drinking, access to primary care providers, high school graduation rates, crime rates, air pollution levels, liquor store density, unemployment rates and number of children living in poverty.