2017 Ranking by State: Massachusetts Named Healthiest

The United Health Foundation has released its rankings for the healthiest state in America for 2017. Frontline Medical News reports:
A year of surprises ended with one more bit of unexpected news: Massachusetts, not Hawaii, is the healthiest state in the country, according to the annual “America’s Heath Rankings” report.

Massachusetts’ win may have knocked Hawaii out of the top spot for the first time since 2011, but the Aloha State was still second out of 50 in 2017. Two other New England states were in the top five: Vermont in third and Connecticut in fifth, with Utah sandwiched between them in fourth, the United Health Foundation said in its latest report.

'America's Health Rankings' for 2017 go from Mass. to Miss.

For 2017, the anti-Massachusetts was Mississippi, which finished 50th for the second consecutive year and has never finished out of the bottom three in the 28 years of the rankings’ existence. The other states with the “most significant areas of opportunity for improvement in health and well-being” were Louisiana (ranked 49th), Arkansas (48th), Alabama (47th), and West Virginia (46th), the report said.

The report ranks states using 35 measures in five broad areas: behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care, and outcomes. The measures include drug-related death rate, percentage of children in poverty, public health funding per person, mental health provider rate, and diabetes rate.

“America’s Health Rankings” is funded entirely by the private, not-for-profit United Health Foundation, founded by UnitedHealth Group, which operates UnitedHealthcare.Click here to read the original article from Frontline Medical News

Below we’ve included the full list of rankings from Massachusetts to Mississippi.
Rank State
1 Massachusetts
2 Hawaii
3 Vermont
4 Utah
5 Connecticut
6 Minnesota
7 Colorado
8 New Hampshire
9 Washington
10 New York
11 Rhode Island
12 New Jersey
13 Nebraska
14 Idaho
15 Iowa
16 Maryland
17 California
18 North Dakota
19 Virginia
20 Oregon
21 Wisconsin
22 Montana
23 Maine
24 South Dakota
25 Kansas
26 Wyoming
27 Illinois
28 Pennsylvania
29 Alaska
30 Delaware
31 Arizona
32 Florida
33 North Carolina
34 Texas
35 Michigan
36 New Mexico
37 Nevada
38 Indiana
39 Ohio
40 Missouri
41 Georgia
42 Kentucky
43 Oklahoma
44 South Carolina
45 Tennessee
46 West Virginia
47 Alabama
48 Arkansas
49 Louisiana
50 Mississippi