These are the healthiest and least healthy states in America


These are the healthiest and least healthy states in America

Massachusetts is the healthiest state in America, according to a recent report.

The state claims the top spot at 2017 America’s Health Rankings Annual Report for the first time in the report's 28-year history with the lowest percentage of uninsured population, a low prevalence of obesity and a high number of mental health providers. Hawaii had previously held the spot for the past five years.

The report is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. This year’s report evaluates state health using 35 measures in categories such as behaviors, community and environmental conditions, policies and clinical care.

Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and Connecticut also claimed spots in the top 5 list by the United Health Foundation. 

The lowest ranked states include Mississippi (No. 50), Louisiana (No. 49), Arkansas (No. 48), Alabama (No. 47) and West Virginia (No. 46). Mississippi and Louisiana both fall to the bottom because of a high prevalence of smoking, obesity and children in poverty, according to the report. 

Florida (No. 32) and Utah (No. 4) made the biggest improvements in health, both rising four places. North Dakota had the largest rank decline, falling seven places for smoking, Salmonella and immunizations among children.

Here are the top 10 states:

1. Massachusetts

2. Hawaii

3. Vermont

4. Utah

5. Connecticut

6. Minnesota

7. Colorado

8. New Hampshire

9. Washington

10. New York

Here are the bottom 10 states

50. Mississippi

49. Louisiana

48. Arkansas

47. Alabama

46. West Virginia

45. Tennessee

44. South Carolina

43. Oklahoma

42. Kentucky

41. Georgia

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