Williamson County named second healthiest place to live in Texas

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Williamson County is the second healthiest place to live out of 232 other Texas counties, according to the 2014 County Health Rankings released on Tuesday.

Williamson County has consistently ranked in the first two spots since the county rankings were introduced in 2010. Health scores are based on health outcomes, like length and quality of life, and health factors, such as housing, transportation, access to mental health providers, opportunities to exercise, injury deaths and consistent access to food.

Long commute times are one of the few areas where Williamson County is docked points when it comes to healthy living.

“As far as we’re concerned, this is a perfect place to be, said Sue Goodenough, who missed the lifestyle so much in Sun City she moved back for a second time. “They have golf and any kind of exercise you would want.”

She says her friends in Williamson County seem to take better care of themselves and it’s rubbed off on her.

“We try to stay young,” she said, “more than (we did) many years ago. It’s just a frame of mind that we have now.”

Williamson County scored high marks for housing availability, transportation, mental health providers and exercise, as well as several other categories.

“People realize they have to increase their activity level,” said retired doctor Curtis Gipson. “You need to if you want to enjoy what else you’ve got left in life and I think that’s what a lot of people here are doing.”

Whether its playing golf or a game of dominoes, Goodenough says the key is staying busy.

“I’m perfectly happy with where I am in my life now,” she said.

Travis and Hays counties were among the top ten in the state when it came to being healthy, but Travis County also ranked among the worst in the state for excessive drinking, drunk driving deaths, and sexually transmitted diseases.

The rankings are compiled by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The annual report analyzes the health of every county across the U.S.

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