Todd County fared okay in the recent release of the County Health Rankings by the University of Wisconsin.
The study ranks each county in every state against each other on dozens of factors relating to the overall health of citizens.
Todd County ranked 56th out of 120 counties, which is five spots worse than Christian and 17 worse than Logan County—but 25 spots better than adjoining Muhlenberg County.
In fact, Todd County came in third healthiest in the Pennyrile, behind Lyon and Christian.
The study showed that eight percent of the adult population suffers from some type of alcohol addiction or binge drinking tendency. That number is equal with the national average and below the state average. Todd was a dry county last year when the study was being done and no other county west of Owensboro had a lower alcoholism rate.
Since the study was done, voters in Guthrie passed a ballot referendum allowing alcohol sales in that town.
Factors dragging Todd County down include 22-percent of the population lacking health insurance. That is double the national average and five percent more than the state average.
The ration of primary care physicians to the population is drastically off-kilter with state and national averages, coming in at 2,026 citizens to every one physician.
Another disturbing number is that 35-percent of children in Todd County live in poverty—22-percent higher than the national average and nine percent higher than the state rate.