(WHBC) – How healthy are we in Stark County?

Compared to the other 87 counties in Ohio, we’re at about the middle of the pack.

In fact, the county made some gains in the annual University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute survey, but not enough to keep pace with other counties.

Stark fell from number-42 last year to 49 this year.

Air pollution remains a negative factor, though that has been trending down.

The county gets good marks for preventable hospital stays and improving doctor-patient and dentist-patient ratios.

Wayne County was best in the region at 18, while Delaware County near Columbus was tops.