McDonough County residents rank among the healthiest in West-Central Illinois.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has ranked counties on the health of their residents in each state for the last three years.
McDonough County has improved its ranking in life expectancy and quality of life. The county moved up from seventh to sixth in Illinois this year. The county also moved up in the ranking for factors that contribute to a healthy life from 32nd to 28th in the state. They include the obesity rate, economic conditions and alcohol and tobacco use.