Jackson County ranks 13th among Oregon counties in a newly released health research project that compares the counties in every state.

Jackson County ranks 13th among Oregon counties in a newly released health research project that compares the counties in every state.

The report ranks counties using such criteria as the length and quality of life of residents as well as health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment. It was prepared by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Jackson County ranks among the top 10 in health behaviors of residents, access to health care and physical environment.

Benton County (which includes Corvallis) ranked as the healthiest county in Oregon. Jefferson County (which includes Madras) ranked lowest. Josephine County ranked 27th, ahead of Douglas (30th), Lake (31st) and Klamath (32nd).

Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties were not rated because they have too few residents to provide statistically significant results.

The report is available online at www.countyhealthrankings.org".

— Bill Kettler