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United States Overview: 2010


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Usa Overall ranks (2010)
Overall: Weighted sum of the number of standard deviations each core measure is from the national average.

America’s Health Rankings® – 2010 Edition shows Vermont at the top of the list of healthiest states again this year. The state has steadily risen in the rankings for the last 12 years from a ranking of 17th in 1997 and 1998. Massachusetts is ranked second this year, an improvement from ranking third last year. 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. Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma complete the bottom five states.

Vermont ascended from 20th in 1990 and 1991 to the top position with sustained improvement in the last decade. Vermont’s strengths include its number one position for all health determinants combined which includes ranking in the top 10 states for a 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. For further details, see Vermont’s state snapshot.

Mississippi is 50th this year, the same as the last nine years. It has been in the bottom three states since the 1990 Edition. The state ranks well for a low prevalence of binge drinking and a low violent crime rate. Mississippi’s infant mortality rate improved from 11.0 to 10.3 deaths per 1,000 live births in the last year. This is reflected in the analogous decrease in the premature death rate dropping from 11,485 to 11,096 years of potential life lost before age 75 per 100,000 population. Even though the state ranks last for both of these measures, it has made substantial improvements. Mississippi ranks in the bottom five states on 11 of the 22 measures including a high prevalence of obesity, a low high school graduation rate, a high percentage of children in poverty, limited availability of primary care physicians and many preventable hospitalizations. It ranks 50th for all health determinants combined, so its overall ranking is unlikely to change significantly in the near future. For further details, see  Mississippi’s state snapshot.

Scores presented in the tables indicate the weighted number of standard deviation units a state is above or below the national norm. For example, Vermont with a score of 1.131 is slightly more than one standard deviation unit above the national norm and Mississippi with a score of -0.768 is about three-quarters of a standard deviation below the national average. When comparing states from year to year, differences in score are more important than changes in ranking.

United States Overview: 2010


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State Changes Over Time Rank Value Core Measure Visualization
Alabama graph 45 -0.491 Core Measures
Alaska graph 30 0.008 Core Measures
Arizona graph 31 -0.01 Core Measures
Arkansas graph 48 -0.591 Core Measures
California graph 26 0.222 Core Measures
Colorado graph 13 0.521 Core Measures
Connecticut graph 4 0.857 Core Measures
Delaware graph 32 -0.037 Core Measures
Florida graph 36 -0.192 Core Measures
Georgia graph 37 -0.22 Core Measures
Hawaii graph 5 0.817 Core Measures
Idaho graph 9 0.555 Core Measures
Illinois graph 29 0.03 Core Measures
Indiana graph 38 -0.309 Core Measures
Iowa graph 15 0.501 Core Measures
Kansas graph 23 0.245 Core Measures
Kentucky graph 44 -0.423 Core Measures
Louisiana graph 49 -0.646 Core Measures
Maine graph 8 0.624 Core Measures
Maryland graph 21 0.267 Core Measures
Massachusetts graph 2 0.891 Core Measures
Michigan graph 28 0.034 Core Measures
Minnesota graph 6 0.815 Core Measures
Mississippi graph 50 -0.743 Core Measures
Missouri graph 39 -0.311 Core Measures
Montana graph 25 0.236 Core Measures
Nebraska graph 12 0.53 Core Measures
Nevada graph 47 -0.525 Core Measures
New Hampshire graph 3 0.878 Core Measures
New Jersey graph 17 0.482 Core Measures
New Mexico graph 34 -0.069 Core Measures
New York graph 24 0.242 Core Measures
North Carolina graph 35 -0.174 Core Measures
North Dakota graph 16 0.487 Core Measures
Ohio graph 33 -0.057 Core Measures
Oklahoma graph 46 -0.495 Core Measures
Oregon graph 14 0.509 Core Measures
Pennsylvania graph 27 0.048 Core Measures
Rhode Island graph 10 0.548 Core Measures
South Carolina graph 41 -0.396 Core Measures
South Dakota graph 20 0.298 Core Measures
Tennessee graph 42 -0.4 Core Measures
Texas graph 40 -0.366 Core Measures
Utah graph 7 0.804 Core Measures
Vermont graph 1 1.117 Core Measures
Virginia graph 22 0.261 Core Measures
Washington graph 11 0.544 Core Measures
West Virginia graph 43 -0.414 Core Measures
Wisconsin graph 18 0.454 Core Measures
Wyoming graph 19 0.403 Core Measures

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