Study: Nebraskans healthier because of where they live

A new report finds some Nebraskans are healthier than others because of where they live. The report by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows the disparities between some Nebraska counties.

It shows the healthy counties are mostly in eastern and northeastern Nebraska. Cedar and Wayne counties top the list of the relatively healthy counties; Thurston and Kimball rate as the least healthy.

Researchers say they gathered several statistics to assess the health of Nebraska's counties, including the rates of deaths before age 75 and the percentage of residents who reported being in fair or poor health. Eighteen of the state's 93 counties were not ranked because of insufficient data.