Healthiest counties in Utah: See if your area ranks on the list

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Rank County
1 Cache (CA)
2 Morgan (MO)
3 Davis (DV)
4 Summit (SU)
5 Utah (UT)
6 Wasatch (WA)
7 Box Elder (BE)
8 Kane (KA)
9 Washington (WS)
10 Salt Lake (SL)
11 Tooele (TO)
12 Emery (EM)
13 Sanpete (SA)
14 Iron (IR)
15 Juab (JU)
16 Millard (MI)
17 Sevier (SE)
18 Weber (WE)
19 Garfield (GA)
20 Carbon (CR)
21 Grand (GR)
22 Beaver (BV)
23 Wayne (WY)
24 Uintah (UI)
25 Duchesne (DU)
26 Piute (PI)
27 San Juan (SJ)
NR Daggett (DA)
NR Rich (RI)

Quick, guess which county you think ranked the healthiest in Utah.

It’s Morgan County, according to the latest study from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

It analyzed every county in the United States on a whole host of factors from personal habits like smoking and eating to life-span, birth weight and even air quality.

According to the study, it appears the suburbs fare better than the urban core and both are better Utah's most rural areas.

In the study, there are really two lists.

One predicts future health by examining a number of factors like access to doctors, fitness clubs, participation in health activities and environmental factors like water and air quality.

Health factors Utah

On that list, San Juan County comes in last in the state.

Bottom 5 counties for health factors: Wayne, Uintah, Duchesne, Piute and San Juan counties.

Cache County had the best combination of health lifestyles and access to health care and exercise.

It seems to be in a sweet spot, a small city with a big university.

Morgan, Davis, Summit and Utah counties also had the best factors for a healthy lifestyle.

The second list of a snapshot of health right now; it looks at how often people die young and how their current health.

Health Outcomes Utah map

Carbon County is at the bottom of that list.

Residents there die younger and report more sick days and mental health days than other counties.

Uintah, Sevier, Grand, Duchesne and Carbon counties are also at the bottom of that list.

Morgan County is the healthiest right now; early deaths are rare and residents don't get sick or feel down as often.

Cache, Wasatch, Summit and Utah counties also ranked in the top five.

MORE: See the full health rankings for Utah


  • David Whittington

    Cache County has the WORST air quality in the entire state. I know this because I attended USU. Yet somehow Cache County gets ranked number 1 ? Pah-leese. This entire list is bogus.

  • Robert Wakefield

    What happened to all that nasty air quality that is affecting peoples health so severely it’s causing the call for creating new highly restrictive laws? Guess the facts don’t meet the “science” behind the bad air push now does it, or is this “science” wrong? At the end of the day wouldn’t it be best to pass air quality laws on facts that actually match?

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