2017's Healthiest US States - How Did Your State Rank?
Hey, Massachusetts -- you’re the healthiest state in the nation, according to a new report. Hawaii, which held the top spot for five years -- drops to the number two spot. The 2017 America’s Health Rankings report looks at 35 measures covering behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care and outcomes data. Massachusetts is the healthiest state due to its low percentage of uninsured residents and low prevalence of obesity, among other reasons. In the past five years, drug deaths decreased 69%. The third healthiest state is Vermont, followed by Utah and Connecticut. The least healthiest state, for the second year in a row is Mississippi. Mississippi has a high percentage of obesity and children in poverty. Louisiana takes the 49th spot, Arkansas, 48; Alabama, 47; West Virginia fell three spots to 46.