No. 3 Healthiest State: New Hampshire
New Hampshire dropped a spot in the rankings this year, taking the bronze medal instead of 2011’s silver. In terms of diabetes, smoking and obesity, its rankings are nothing to write home about, either — 15th, 17th and 16th, respectively.
Of course, it makes up for that in several ways. The state has the country’s lowest percentage of children in poverty — a mere 8.6%. It also boasts the lowest rate of infant mortality, along with a low violent crime rate and high rate of high school graduation.
Binge drinking again is higher than preferred, but that’s hardly (as we’ve seen) exclusive to New Hampshire. In fact, Tennessee had the lowest binge drinking rate, but ranked 39th overall.
Public health funding was the other red flag for the state, but the $58-per-person average still was better than 15 other states.
You can read the full details about New Hampshire here.