This Is the Deadliest State in America

Between medical conditions, COVID, and fatal accidents, this one state is a serious risk.

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If there's one thing that's been top of mind in 2020, it's your health. The coronavirus pandemic has swept the nation, sickening 9.47 million people and taking the lives of more than 230,000, and those numbers are still rising. But while COVID-19 is a serious threat, it's not the only deadly disease we have to be worried about. And, as it turns out, you may be even more at risk depending on where you live. To find out exactly which state is the deadliest, we looked into a variety of factors.

First, we considered the leading cause of death in America, heart disease, consulting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to find the heart disease mortality rate per capita for each state. We also looked at the number two killer in the U.S., cancer, factoring in the mortality rate for that disease, according to the CDC as well. Next, we turned to COVID-19, which is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., including the CDC's COVID death rate per capita for every state. This rounded out the major three metrics, which were weighted the heaviest.

However, freak accidents and disastrous events are also frequent causes of death. To account for casualties like poisoning, drowning, or falling, we scoured the U.S. National Security Council's preventable death rates per state. Then, using the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), we included each state's number of fatal car crashes per capita. Finally, the last indicator to round out our analysis was the violent crime rate per capita from the FBI. (Note: Every per capita value used in our index is per 100,000 people). All of these metrics were run through our custom algorithm to determine all 50 states' Deadliness Scores.

In the end, the deadliest state had the highest automobile fatality rate in the country and came in second for cancer, third for heart disease, and seventh for COVID deaths. Read on to discover where your state lands in our ranking of every state, from the safest to the deadliest states. And for more surprising state standings, This Is the Most Hated State in America.

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50
Hawaii

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 125.6

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 123.5

COVID death rate per capita: 15

Accident mortality rate per capita: 44

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 8.2

Violent crime rate per capita: 285.5

Deadliness Score: -0.05

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Utah

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 146.4

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 120

COVID death rate per capita: 19

Accident mortality rate per capita: 40.6

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 8.2

Violent crime rate per capita: 235.6

Deadliness Score: 7.37

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Colorado

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 124.3

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 127.6

COVID death rate per capita: 40

Accident mortality rate per capita: 53.5

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 11.1

Violent crime rate per capita: 381.0

Deadliness Score: 10.2

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Minnesota

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 119.0

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 143.1

COVID death rate per capita: 45

Accident mortality rate per capita: 49.8

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 6.8

Violent crime rate per capita: 236.4

Deadliness Score: 11.65

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Oregon

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 128.4

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 150.6

COVID death rate per capita: 16

Accident mortality rate per capita: 49.5

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 12.1

Violent crime rate per capita: 284.4

Deadliness Score: 17.93

45
California

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 139.7

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 135

COVID death rate per capita: 44

Accident mortality rate per capita: 35.8

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 9

Violent crime rate per capita: 441.2

Deadliness Score: 17.97

44
Washington

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 135.4

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 145.3

COVID death rate per capita: 31

Accident mortality rate per capita: 45.1

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 7.3

Violent crime rate per capita: 293.9

Deadliness Score: 18.28

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Alaska

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 129.7

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 141.5

COVID death rate per capita: 11

Accident mortality rate per capita: 54.2

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 10.9

Violent crime rate per capita: 867.1

Deadliness Score: 21.91

And for more reasons why some states aren't looking so good, check out This Is the Ugliest State in the U.S.

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Nebraska

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 145.7

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 150.5

COVID death rate per capita: 34

Accident mortality rate per capita: 41.8

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 11.9

Violent crime rate per capita: 300.9

Deadliness Score: 27.58

41
Virginia

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 147.9

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 149.3

COVID death rate per capita: 43

Accident mortality rate per capita: 46.2

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 9.6

Violent crime rate per capita: 208

Deadliness Score: 28.26

40
Arizona

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 136.4

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 131.9

COVID death rate per capita: 83

Accident mortality rate per capita: 59.3

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 14.1

Violent crime rate per capita: 455.3

Deadliness Score: 28.87

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Wyoming

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 152.7

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 140.6

COVID death rate per capita 15

Accident mortality rate per capita: 61.1

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 19.2

Violent crime rate per capita: 217.4

Deadliness Score: 28.99

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North Dakota

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 140

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 145.2

COVID death rate per capita: 73

Accident mortality rate per capita: 47.1

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 13.9

Violent crime rate per capita: 284.6

Deadliness Score: 30.40

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New Hampshire

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 151

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 143.7

COVID death rate per capita: 35

Accident mortality rate per capita: 70.7

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 10.9

Violent crime rate per capita: 152.5

Deadliness Score: 30.89

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Vermont

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 150.5

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 156

COVID death rate per capita: 9

Accident mortality rate per capita: 70.9

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 10.9

Violent crime rate per capita: 202.2

Deadliness Score: 33.3

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Connecticut

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 142.1

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 134.1

COVID death rate per capita: 129

Accident mortality rate per capita: 57.5

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 8.2

Violent crime rate per capita: 183.6

Deadliness Score: 33.66

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Maine

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 147

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 162.1

COVID death rate per capita: 11

Accident mortality rate per capita: 74.7

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 10.2

Violent crime rate per capita: 115.2

Deadliness Score: 34.36

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Idaho

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 157.9

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 149.5

COVID death rate per capita: 36

Accident mortality rate per capita: 50.7

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 13.2

Violent crime rate per capita: 223.8

Deadliness Score: 34.72

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Florida

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 143.1

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 141.7

COVID death rate per capita: 79

Accident mortality rate per capita: 59.5

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 14.7

Violent crime rate per capita: 378.4

Deadliness Score: 35.57

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Massachusetts

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 131.5

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 142.8

COVID death rate per capita: 144

Accident mortality rate per capita: 57.5

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 5.2

Violent crime rate per capita: 327.6

Deadliness Score: 36.23

30
South Dakota

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 156.3

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 145.2

COVID death rate per capita: 49

Accident mortality rate per capita: 51.2

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 14.8

Violent crime rate per capita: 399

Deadliness Score: 37.17

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Montana

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 163.2

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 140.7

COVID death rate per capita: 36

Accident mortality rate per capita: 56.3

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 17.2

Violent crime rate per capita: 404.9

Deadliness Score: 38.29

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Wisconsin

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 157.8

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 151.5

COVID death rate per capita: 36

Accident mortality rate per capita: 65.1

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 10.1

Violent crime rate per capita: 293.2

Deadliness Score: 38.64

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Maryland

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 161.9

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 149.9

COVID death rate per capita: 68

Accident mortality rate per capita: 38.2

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 8.3

Violent crime rate per capita: 454.1

Deadliness Score: 40.54

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North Carolina

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 155.5

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 154.2

COVID death rate per capita: 42

Accident mortality rate per capita: 57.9

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 13.8

Violent crime rate per capita: 371.8

Deadliness Score: 40.88

25
Texas

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 170

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 142.9

COVID death rate per capita: 63

Accident mortality rate per capita: 37.1

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 12.7

Violent crime rate per capita: 418.9

Deadliness Score: 41.14

24
New Mexico

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 148.2

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 136.4

COVID death rate per capita: 49

Accident mortality rate per capita: 72.3

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 18.7

Violent crime rate per capita: 832.2

Deadliness Score: 41.3

23
Kansas

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 158.9

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 156.4

COVID death rate per capita: 35

Accident mortality rate per capita: 50.3

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 13.9

Violent crime rate per capita: 410.8

Deadliness Score: 41.34

22
Iowa

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 165.1

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 155.3

COVID death rate per capita: 55

Accident mortality rate per capita: 46.9

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 10.1

Violent crime rate per capita: 266.6

Deadliness Score: 42.71

21
Illinois

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 163.9

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 153.5

COVID death rate per capita: 79

Accident mortality rate per capita: 47.2

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 8.1

Violent crime rate per capita: 406.9

Deadliness Score: 46.42

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20
Rhode Island

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 158.9

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 151.6

COVID death rate per capita: 114

Accident mortality rate per capita: 68

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 5.6

Violent crime rate per capita: 221.1

Deadliness Score: 49.9

19
Georgia

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 175.8

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 152.4

COVID death rate per capita: 76

Accident mortality rate per capita: 42

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 14.3

Violent crime rate per capita: 340.7

Deadliness Score: 51.52

18
Delaware

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 159.1

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 159.4

COVID death rate per capita: 73

Accident mortality rate per capita: 68.4

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 11.5

Violent crime rate per capita: 422.6

Deadliness Score: 52.5

17
New Jersey

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 163

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 141.3

COVID death rate per capita: 183

Accident mortality rate per capita: 52.5

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 6.3

Violent crime rate per capita: 206.9

Deadliness Score: 54.67

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16
Nevada

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 190.7

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 146.5

COVID death rate per capita: 58

Accident mortality rate per capita: 51

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 10.9

Violent crime rate per capita: 493.8

Deadliness Score: 55.52

15
Pennsylvania

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 176.1

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 156.6

COVID death rate per capita: 68

Accident mortality rate per capita: 67

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 9.3

Violent crime rate per capita: 306.4

Deadliness Score: 55.57

14
South Carolina

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 167

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 157.3

COVID death rate per capita: 77

Accident mortality rate per capita: 66.3

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 20.4

Violent crime rate per capita: 511.3

Deadliness Score: 60.32

13
Indiana

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 180.7

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 165.7

COVID death rate per capita: 65

Accident mortality rate per capita: 56.5

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 12.8

Violent crime rate per capita: 370.8

Deadliness Score: 61.84

12
Ohio

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 191.1

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 165.2

COVID death rate per capita: 45

Accident mortality rate per capita: 66.3

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 9.1

Violent crime rate per capita: 293.2

Deadliness Score: 62.88

11
Missouri

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 188.4

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 165.3

COVID death rate per capita: 49

Accident mortality rate per capita: 64.9

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 15

Violent crime rate per capita: 495

Deadliness Score: 67.24

10
Michigan

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 195

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 161.1

COVID death rate per capita: 77

Accident mortality rate per capita: 55.6

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 9.8

Violent crime rate per capita: 437.4

Deadliness Score: 67.88

9
Kentucky

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 198.3

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 181.6

COVID death rate per capita: 33

Accident mortality rate per capita: 68.3

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 16.2

Violent crime rate per capita: 217.1

Deadliness Score: 74.91

8
Tennessee

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 202.4

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 168

COVID death rate per capita: 49

Accident mortality rate per capita: 66.2

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 15.4

Violent crime rate per capita: 595.2

Deadliness Score: 77.19

7
West Virginia

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 196.4

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 179.5

COVID death rate per capita: 25

Accident mortality rate per capita: 94.5

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 16.3

Violent crime rate per capita: 316.6

Deadliness Score: 78.98

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6
Arkansas

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 217.4

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 168.8

COVID death rate per capita: 65

Accident mortality rate per capita: 50.8

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 17.1

Violent crime rate per capita: 584.6

Deadliness Score: 84.51

5
New York

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 171.9

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 138.2

COVID death rate per capita: 369

Accident mortality rate per capita: 37.9

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 4.8

Violent crime rate per capita: 358.6

Deadliness Score: 86.34

4
Alabama

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 224.7

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 170.4

COVID death rate per capita: 60

Accident mortality rate per capita: 54.9

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 19.5

Violent crime rate per capita: 510.8

Deadliness Score: 88.87

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3
Oklahoma

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 228.5

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 178.1

COVID death rate per capita: 34

Accident mortality rate per capita: 66.2

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 16.6

Violent crime rate per capita: 431.8

Deadliness Score: 90.53

2
Louisiana

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 212.2

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 169

COVID death rate per capita: 127

Accident mortality rate per capita: 59.7

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 16.5

Violent crime rate per capita: 549.3

Deadliness Score: 93.63

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Mississippi

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Heart disease mortality rate per capita: 222.1

Cancer mortality rate per capita: 179.7

COVID death rate per capita: 113

Accident mortality rate per capita: 56.7

Automotive fatality rate per capita: 22.3

Violent crime rate per capita: 277.9

Deadliness Score: 99.34

And for more rankings like this, check out The Unfriendliest State in the U.S.

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