The median household income in Shelby County is about $46,000 compared with over $53,000 for the state. About 29 percent of children are eligible for free lunch compared to 39 percent in the state and 17 percent of the children are considered living in poverty.
Additional survey statistics may be seen at www.countyhealthrankings.org.
“The main thing to remember is that any survey is not an exact science,” Melega said.
Other area counties are ranked as follows: Effingham County - 24th; Cumberland County - 36th; Fayette County - 42nd; Coles County - 55th; Christian County - 81st; Macon County - 86th