2010 Healthiest States Rankings—where is your state?

Posted on February 11, 2011. Filed under: -- Uncategorized, health, Texas, Vermont...where I grew up before moving to Austin! | Tags: , , , , , |


By Molly Greaves

Vermont takes the cake for the healthiest state in 2010. Boy am I happy to see that. Born and raised there, I’m not surprised, especially since I’ve been to just about every state in this great country, and Vermonters seem to be pretty active compared to folks in other states.

According to www.americashealthrankings.org, Vermont has been rising steadily in the ranks for the past 12 years, and reasons are contributed to: high rate of high school graduation, a low violent crime rate, a low percentage of children in poverty, high per capita public health funding, a low rate of uninsured population and ready availability of primary care physicians. Vermont’s two challenges are low immunization coverage with 89.8 percent of children ages 19 to 35 months receiving recommended immunizations and a high prevalence of binge drinking at 17.3 percent of the population (and yes, they do like to drink in Vermont, especially beer!).

Massachusetts is ranked 2nd, an improvement from ranking 3rd in 2009.  Massachusetts has ranked in the top 10 states for almost 20 years. New Hampshire is number three, followed by Connecticut and Hawaii.  Mississippi is 50th and the least healthy state, while Louisiana is 49th. I like how Mississippi lawmakers are trying to trim their fat:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4523708/mississippi-lawmakers-trimming-the-fat-literally/

Below is the list of all 50 states, sorted by rank.

2010 Overall Rankings

1 Vermont  
2 Massachusetts  
3 New Hampshire  
4 Connecticut  
5 Hawaii  
6 Minnesota  
7 Utah  
8 Maine  
9 Idaho  
10 Rhode Island  
11 Nebraska  
11 Washington  
13 Colorado  
14 Iowa  
15 Oregon  
16 North Dakota  
17 New Jersey  
18 Wisconsin  
19 Wyoming  
20 South Dakota  
21 Maryland  
22 Virginia  
23 Kansas  
24 New York  
25 Montana  
26 California  
27 Pennsylvania  
28 Alaska  
29 Illinois  
30 Michigan  
31 Arizona  
32 Delaware  
33 New Mexico  
34 Ohio  
35 North Carolina  
36 Georgia  
37 Florida  
38 Indiana  
39 Missouri  
40 Texas  
41 South Carolina  
42 Tennessee  
43 West Virginia  
44 Kentucky  
45 Alabama  
46 Oklahoma  
47 Nevada  
48 Arkansas  
49 Louisiana  
50 Mississippi  
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