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United States Overview: 2012


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Usa Overall ranks (2012)
Overall: Weighted sum of the number of standard deviations each core measure is from the national average.

2012 Edition Results

America’s Health Rankings®–2012 Edition shows Vermont at the top of the list of healthiest states again this year. The state steadily rose in the rankings over the last 14 years from a ranking of 17th in 1998 to first, where it has remained for 4 consecutive years. Hawaii is ranked second this year, an improvement from ranking third in the 2011 Edition and fifth in the 2009 and 2010 Editions. Hawaii has ranked in the top 6 states every year of the index. New Hampshire is third, followed by Massachusetts and Minnesota. Mississippi and Louisiana tie for 49th as the least healthy states. Arkansas, West Virginia, and South Carolina complete the bottom 5 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 incidence of infectious disease, a low prevalence of low birthweight infants, high per capita public health funding, a low rate of uninsured population, and ready availability of primary care physicians. Vermont’s challenges are a high prevalence of binge drinking at 18.5 percent of the adult population, a moderate occupational fatalities rate at 3.9 deaths per 100,000 workers, and a moderately high cancer death rate at 185.0 deaths per 100,000 population.

Mississippi and Louisiana are tied for 49th and rank last this year. These 2 states have been in the bottom 3 states since the 1990 Edition.

Mississippi ranks well for a low prevalence of binge drinking and a low violent crime rate. It ranks in the bottom 5 states on 12 of the 24 measures including a high prevalence of obesity, a high prevalence of a sedentary lifestyle, a low high school graduation rate, limited availability of primary care physicians, a high prevalence of low birthweight infants, and a high prevalence of diabetes. Mississippi ranks 49th for all health determinants combined, so its overall ranking is unlikely to change significantly in the near future.

Louisiana ranks well for a low prevalence of binge drinking and a high rate of childhood immunizations. It ranks in the bottom 5 states on 13 of the 24 measures including a high prevalence of obesity, a high rate of children in poverty, a high rate of low birthweight infants, a high prevalence of diabetes, and a high rate of cardiovascular and cancer deaths.

United States Overview: 2012


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State Changes Over Time Rank Value Core Measure Visualization
Alabama graph 45 -0.707 Core Measures
Alaska graph 24 0.231 Core Measures
Arizona graph 26 0.106 Core Measures
Arkansas graph 48 -0.869 Core Measures
California graph 21 0.28 Core Measures
Colorado graph 9 0.62 Core Measures
Connecticut graph 7 0.679 Core Measures
Delaware graph 32 -0.174 Core Measures
Florida graph 31 -0.167 Core Measures
Georgia graph 39 -0.369 Core Measures
Hawaii graph 1 0.992 Core Measures
Idaho graph 19 0.319 Core Measures
Illinois graph 30 -0.106 Core Measures
Indiana graph 41 -0.408 Core Measures
Iowa graph 17 0.378 Core Measures
Kansas graph 27 0.072 Core Measures
Kentucky graph 43 -0.597 Core Measures
Louisiana graph 49 -0.995 Core Measures
Maine graph 15 0.404 Core Measures
Maryland graph 20 0.315 Core Measures
Massachusetts graph 4 0.802 Core Measures
Michigan graph 33 -0.23 Core Measures
Minnesota graph 3 0.917 Core Measures
Mississippi graph 50 -1.044 Core Measures
Missouri graph 40 -0.395 Core Measures
Montana graph 28 0.067 Core Measures
Nebraska graph 11 0.541 Core Measures
Nevada graph 37 -0.294 Core Measures
New Hampshire graph 5 0.788 Core Measures
New Jersey graph 10 0.615 Core Measures
New Mexico graph 36 -0.272 Core Measures
New York graph 18 0.344 Core Measures
North Carolina graph 34 -0.26 Core Measures
North Dakota graph 8 0.658 Core Measures
Ohio graph 38 -0.305 Core Measures
Oklahoma graph 46 -0.719 Core Measures
Oregon graph 14 0.431 Core Measures
Pennsylvania graph 29 -0.019 Core Measures
Rhode Island graph 16 0.385 Core Measures
South Carolina graph 44 -0.691 Core Measures
South Dakota graph 23 0.239 Core Measures
Tennessee graph 42 -0.488 Core Measures
Texas graph 35 -0.271 Core Measures
Utah graph 6 0.768 Core Measures
Vermont graph 2 0.947 Core Measures
Virginia graph 22 0.262 Core Measures
Washington graph 12 0.477 Core Measures
West Virginia graph 47 -0.848 Core Measures
Wisconsin graph 13 0.474 Core Measures
Wyoming graph 25 0.198 Core Measures

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