Healthcare and Wellness

Since 1990, Minnesota has ranked among the top six states in analyses of the health of its citizens. The Northland's success here is no surprise, as it features a robust healthcare network, clean lakes and streams, and clear northern air. Abundant recreation options and make it easy to stay in shape.

The Northland has begun to draw attention for the healthy lifestyles it cultivates. In the past few years, Duluth and Grand Marais received national recognition as hubs for outdoor activity, and communities ranging from International Falls to Buhl to Duluth win awards for their drinking water quality. Strong local healthcare networks provide significantly more physicians per capita than the national average, ensuring personalized care and reliable service even in rural communities. 

 
  Healthcare and Wellness

 

 County

Air Quality

Water Quality

Pop. per Physician

  Aitkin

8.5

66

1,310

 Carlton

8.5

60

1,480

 Cook

6.4

87

580

 Itasca

8.3

68

1,010

 Koochiching

7.6

60

2,140

 Lake

7.1

73

1,060

 St. Louis

8.7

66

800

 Douglas

8.3

70

5,450

 MN Average

9.3

68

1,110

 WI Average

9.3

46

1,250

 National Average

9.2

55

2,450


 Air quality measured as average daily density of fine particulate matter in micgrograms per cubic meter
 Water quality measured on a 100-point scale.
 Sources: County Health Rankings, Sperling's Best Places