No. 1 Healthiest State: Vermont
We’re back to New England for the gold medal. Vermont has been the poster child for U.S. health for some time. In fact, after steadily climbing the rankings (it was 17th in 1998), it has now been top dog for four straight years.
The only wrinkles on Vermont’s health resume this year were a high rate of binge drinking (18.5% of adults), a modestly high cancer death rate and moderate occupation fatality rate.
Vermont’s many gold stars definitely outweigh those woes, though. The state ranks in top 10 for its high school graduation rate, has the lowest geographic disparity and incidence of infectious disease out of the entire country, and also enjoys a low violent crime rate, high per capita public health funding and thus a low rate of uninsured population.
Anyone else think it might be time to migrate up north?
You can read the full details about Vermont here. Now, onto the not-so-hot states …