Is Middlesex County the healthiest place in Massachusetts to live? If not, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says it's right up there.
In a recent study done by the Foundation called "County Health Rankings and Roadmaps," Middlesex ended up second in the state, trailing only Dukes County overall.
Even there, Middlesex County exceeded Dukes in some areas such as patient to doctor and patient to dentist ratios.
In measures ranging from adult obesity and insurance coverage to premature death and teen birth rates, Middlesex County was at or exceeding the state average.
It also met or exceeded the national benchmark standard in all categories except for poor physical and mental health days, sexually transmitted diseases, and some various environmental factors.
Middlesex County also fared well in comparison to its northern neighbor, Hillsborough County in New Hampshire.
Although Hillsborough County had superior results in areas such as preventable hospital stays and drinking water safety, the two were fairly comparable in most areas, with Middlesex leading in categories such as adult obesity and smoking.
More information on Middlesex and other counties in the report is available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.