The Top 5 Healthiest States in America

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This list is based on obesity and cancer rates, as well as lifestyle factors like smoking, exercise, drinking, and others. Americans have been only getting healthier over the years, with the life expectancy being at an all time high of 78.7 years.


5. Utah

Achievement:
fewest amount of smokers

second lowest diabetes rate and the fourth lowest obesity rate; low percentage of children in poverty
low rate of preventable hospitalizations.

Threats:
high rate of drug deaths

low immunization coverage among teens

limited availability of primary care physicians

4. Connecticut

Achievement:
low prevalence of smoking

high immunization coverage among children

low occupational fatalities rate

Threats:

high prevalence of binge drinking
high rate of preventable hospitalizations
large disparity in health status by educational level

3. Massachusetts

Achievement:

drug deaths decreased by 9%
rate of physical inactivity decreased by 11%; most health insured residents

Threats:
high prevalence of binge drinking
high rate of preventable hospitalizations
large disparity in health status by educational level

2. Vermont

Achievement:

highest high school graduation rate; low percentage of children in poverty; low violent crime rate
binge drinking decreased by 11%; smoking declined by 13%

Threats: 

high prevalence of binge drinking

high rate of preventable hospitalizations
large disparity in health status by educational level

1. Hawaii

Achievement:

low amount of obesity
cancer rate is low
lowest rate of preventable hospitalizations; smoking decreased by 21%
binge drinking decreased by 15%

Threats:
high incidence of infectious disease
low immunization coverage among children

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