Overland Park scores well in health survey

February 15, 2019 - 5:52 am
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With health care costs rising and U.S. life expectancy declining for the third year in a row, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report this week on 2019’s Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in America and a city in Kansas did well.

“Overland Park, Kansas, actually did pretty well here, as it tends to do on a lot of these studies,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “That’s really considering health care, food, fitness and green space.”

Overland Park was especially strong in the health care area. It finished first in that portion of the survey.

“Health care looks at everything from life expectancy, which is very high in Overland Park, to mental health and mental health counselors per capita, physical health, obviously, that’s essentially the percentage of adults reporting physically healthy days in the past month. We also look at costs of medical visits, as well as any doctor shortages that might be there.”

Overland Park, Kansas, has the lowest share of physically unhealthy adults, 7.10 percent. Wichita did not do so well, coming in at 154 out of 174.

 

Related: 2019’s Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in America

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