Thinking of moving within Minnesota, but you’re not quite sure where to go? Give Jackson County a try. According to the 2010 County Health Rankings residents in southwestern Minnesota’s Jackson County are the healthiest in the state. The report ‚Äî the first attempt to rank the overall health of residents in each county by using a standard formula ‚Äî ranks 85 of Minnesota’s 87 counties by “health outcomes” and “health factors.”

Health outcomes include the length and quality of life. The report’s authors measured quality of life by “self-reported fair or poor health, poor physical health days, poor mental health days, and the percent of births with low birth weight.”

Jackson County earned the top ranking for health outcomes, followed by Scott and Steele Counties.