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Physical Environment - Seniors
Physical Environment - Seniors in United States
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Sum of weighted z-scores of ranked Senior Report physical environment measures

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Sum of weighted z-scores of ranked Senior Report physical environment measures

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About Physical Environment - Seniors

Top State(s): Wyoming: 1.310

Bottom State(s): New Jersey: -1.333

Definition: Sum of weighted z-scores of ranked Senior Report physical environment measures

Data Source and Years: America's Health Rankings composite measure, 2023

Suggested Citation: America's Health Rankings analysis of America's Health Rankings composite measure, United Health Foundation,, accessed 2023.

The physical environment category represents where individuals live, work and play, and their interaction with this space. Topics in this category are air and water quality and housing and transit.

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