Individuals self-confidence that their housing conditions are steady underlies their capability to live healthy and efficient lives, Muhlenberg pollster Chris Borick composed in the Lehigh Valley Research study Consortiums annual State of the Lehigh Valley report, published this month. Unpredictability surrounding the capability to maintain stable housing can contribute to increased stress that is associated with lessened quality of health.Among Pennsylvania counties, Chester was king, earning the leading rankings in health outcomes. It was followed by Union and Montgomery counties. Dead last was Philadelphia.To be sure, the Lehigh Valley has a lot going for it, too. Were taking better care of our health than many others across the state. Lehigh Countys overall health ranking was No. 28, and Northamptons was No. 18. But you might not be in the mood to celebrate if you spend a huge chunk of your day in a car or on a bus, just to come homethe home of substandard, confined quarters that consume up half your paycheck.skennedy@mcall.com!.?.!610-820-6130!.?.!Database editor Eugene Tauber contributed to this story.