These are the healthiest counties in Minnesota

The rankings also looks at what counties will be the healthiest in the future.

And the healthiest county in Minnesota is ... Carver!

The 2017 County Health Rankings, which came out Wednesday, look at 30 factors that influence people's health – such as education, jobs, housing and premature death – to determine how healthy counties are, and how healthy they will be in the future. The hope is that communities will use this information to make it easier for people to live healthy lives, a news release says.

Carver County came in at No. 1 out of Minnesota's 87 counties thanks to a low premature death rate and the fact people there have a high quality of life, the report shows.

The first category: Health outcomes

The rankings are broken down into two categories. We'll look at health outcomes for each county first, which is a ranking that says how healthy a county is right now, based on how long people live and how they feel while they're alive.

The map below shows the healthiest counties (the lighter the color, the better the ranking with white being the best). Scott, Red Lake, Washington, and Stevens round out the top five healthiest counties, while Mahnomen is ranked the unhealthiest county in the state.

Health factors

Health factors is an estimate of the future health of the county, based on health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. And this list is a little different from the health outcomes list.

Olmsted County comes in at No. 1, followed by Carver, Washington, Scott and Dakota counties. Meanwhile, Mahnomen still comes in at No. 87. Here's a map that shows how the other counties rank (the darker the color, the lower the rank).

How the U.S. looks

Nationally, the County Health Rankings report shows the premature death rates are going up because there's been an increase in deaths for people 15-44 years old. And many of those deaths can be attributed to the drug overdose epidemic, especially among 25-44 year olds, the report says.

When it comes to premature death due to drug overdoses, these rates increased most in large suburban metro areas. In the past 10 years, they went from having the lowest rate of early death due to overdose, to now having the highest.

You can read more about this trend, and other key findings from the report here.

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