No. 5 Unhealthiest State: South Carolina
The lower Carolina slid one spot in the past year, making our bottom five as a result. It can brag to the healthy states that, hey, at least its binge drinking rate is low!
But the good news seems to end there.
South Carolina has the second-highest rates of diabetes at more than 12%, is in the bottom 10 in terms of its obesity rate and just missed being in the bottom 10 for its smoking rate. On top of that, its high school graduation rate — despite a slight increase — is still considered low, with the percentage of children in poverty marching upward, too. Over the last five years, the percentage went from under 16% to over 26%.
In fact, the only other kind-of bright spot was the state’s moderate rate of preventable hospitalizations. Other than that and its binge drinking rate, South Carolina ranked below the median for all measures.
You can read the full details about South Carolina here.