Antelope County has been named the fifth healthiest county in the state of Nebraska.
Smartasset performed a study aiming to find the healthiest places throughout the country. To find these places in America, they considered three different factors: Length of Life, Health Behaviors and Healthcare Access.
The first factor, Length of Life, was measured by considering the premature death rate in a county.
The second factor, Health Behaviors, was measured with three points: the percentage of adults that are current smokers, the percentage of adults that are obese, and the percentage of adults that report binge or heavy drinking.
The third factor, Healthcare Access, was measured by the rate of primary care physicians per 100,000 residents, and also the rate of individuals uninsured.
Each of these factors were indexed on a scale of 0 to 100, with a weight average taken, then indexed to get a final number to generate the Length of Life Index, Health Behavior Index, and the Healthcare Access index.
Shelby Snodgrass, owner of 719 Fitness in Neligh said, "Honestly, it really does take me by surprise. We opened this gym not to long ago, and I feel like our little small towns are still new with the whole healthy concepts. But, I think this is really cool to see how healthy our county is."
With all of these factors considered, Antelope County was announced in the top ten healthiest counties scoring fifth.