America's Health Rankings®-2010 Edition shows Vermont at the top of the list of healthiest states again this year. But if you don't want cold weather and snow, think Hawaii. Our state placed 5th!
To give you an idea of what factors make up the rankings, Vermont rose from 20th in 1991 to the top position, with sustained improvement in the last decade. The state'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.
The top 10 states shown in order were:
The last 5, in order, were:
46 - Oklahoma
47 - Nevada
48 - Arkansas
49 - Louisiana
50 - Mississippi
Unfortunately, Mississippi ranks 50th for all health determinants combined, so its overall ranking is unlikely to change significantly in the near future.
Read more at AmericasHealthRankings.org.
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Barbara Abe, Realtor