Health, Wealth and Longevity: A State-By-State Comparison

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The United Health Foundations has published its annual America’s Health Rankings, a state-by-state assessment of our nation’s health.  Here’s the top 10 healthiest and 10 unhealthiest states:

1 Hawaii 41 Indiana
2 Vermont 42 South Carolina
3 Massachusetts 43 Alabama
4 Connecticut 44 West Virginia
5 Utah 45 Tennessee
6 Minnesota 46 Oklahoma
7 New Hampshire 47 Kentucky
8 Colorado 48 Louisiana
9 North Dakota 49 Arkansas
10 Nebraska 50 Mississippi

The top 10 most and least obese:

1 21.3  Colorado 41 31.7  South Carolina
2 21.8  Hawaii 42 31.8  Indiana
3 23.6  Massachusetts 43 32.4 Alabama
4 24.1  California 44 32.5  Oklahoma
5 24.1  Utah 45 33.1  Louisiana
6 24.6  Montana 46 33.2  Kentucky
7 24.7  Vermont 47 33.7  Tennessee
8 24.9  Conneticut 48 34.6  Arkansas
9 25.4  New York 49 35.1  Mississippi
10 25.5  Minnesota 50 35.1  West Virginia

The bottom and top 5 over the age of 18 who report smoking on a regular basis:

10.3 Utah 46 24.3 Tennessee
12.5 California 47 24.8 Mississippi
13.3 Hawaii 48 25.9 Arkansas
15.5 Connecticut 49 25.5 Kentucky
15.7 New Jersey 50 27.3 West Virginia

The bottom and top 5 of adults who were told by their physician that they have diabetes:

1 6.5 Colorado 46 12.2 Tennessee
2 7.1 Alaska 47 12.5 South Carolina
3 7.1 Utah 48 12.9 Mississippi
4 7.4 Minnesota 49 13.0 West Virginia
5 7.7 Montana 50 13.8 Alabama

The top and bottom 5 percent of adults who indicated that they had participated in physical activities in the past month:

1 82.1 Colorado 46 67.8 Louisiana
2 81.5 Oregon 47 67.0 Oklahoma
3 80.0 Washington 48 65.6 Arkansas
4 79.5 Vermont 49 62.8 Tennessee
5 79.4 Utah 50 61.9 Mississippi

Contrast that with the top 10 most and least educated states according to http://www.247wallst.com as measured by those having a bachelor’s degree or higher :

40.3% Massachusetts 46 22.5% Louisiana
37.8% Colorado 47 22.2% Neveda
37.4% Maryland 48 20.6% Arkansas
37.2% Connecticut 49 20.4% Mississippi
36.6% New Jersey 50 18.9% West Virginia

The richest and poorest in the United States according to http://www.247wallst.com (median income/unemployment rate/percent below poverty line):

1 $71,122, 6.8% and 10.3% Maryland 41 $45,690, 5.4% and 16.8% Oklahoma
2 $69,668, 9.5% and 10.8% New Jersey 42 $44,297, 8.2% and 17.8% Tennessee
3 $67,712, 7.0% and 10.1% Alaska 43 $44,164, 6.2% and 19.8% Louisiana
4 $67,276, 8.4% and 10.7% Connecticut 44 $44,163, 7.6% and 18.6% South Carolina
5 $66,259, 5.8% and 11.6% Hawaii 45 $43,872, 6.9% and 21.9% New Mexico
6 $65,339, 6.7% and 11.9% Massachusetts 46 $43,399, 8.3% and 18.8% Kentucky
7 $63,280, 5.5% and 10% New Hampshire 47 $42,849, 6.5% and 18.7% Alabama
8 $61,741, 5.9% and 11.7% Virginia 48 $41,253, 6.5% and 18.5% West Virginia
9 $58,906, 5.6% and 11.4% Minnesota 49 $40,511, 7.5% and 19.7% Arkansas
10 $58,415, 7.1% and 12% Delaware 50 $37,963, 8.6% and 24% Mississippi

States with the longest and least life expectancy according to http://www.247wallst.com:

1 81.3 Hawaii 41 77.2   Georgia
2 81.1 Minnesota 42 77.0 South Carolina
3 80.8 California 43 76.3 Tennessee
4 80.8 Connecticut 44 76.0 Kentucky
5 80.5 Massachusetts 45 76.0 Arkansas
6 80.5 New York 46 75.9 Oklahoma
7 80.5 Vermont 47 75.7 Louisiana
8 80.3 New Hampshire 48 75.4 West Virginia
9 803. New Jersey 49 75.4 Alabama
10 80.2 Utah 50 75.0 Mississippi

Carrots Now answer these questions:

  1. Where do you want to retire?
  2. Where do you want your children to raise a family?

One can say home is where the heart is, yet we do want the heart to be happy and healthy. How can we better invest resources in these beautiful states who are deprived of health, wealth and longevity?

For more information:

Obesity Facts in the U.S.



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