Every U.S. State Ranked From Healthiest to Unhealthiest

Where does your state fall on the list of the healthiest—and unhealthiest—places in the country?

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A lot of outside factors can influence your personal health—some in your control and some beyond it. And while you can make efforts to get more rest, eat a well-balanced diet, and get regular exercise—all of which are key pillars of a healthy lifestyle—there other underlying aspects of your life that affect your well-being, often without you even knowing it. For instance, did you know that where you live could be influencing how healthy or unhealthy you are? That's why for the the past three decades, the United Health Foundation (UHF) has released its annual America's Health Rankings of the healthiest and unhealthiest states in the country.

Using expansive data sets collected from at least 30 sources—ranging from accredited survey organizations to government agencies like the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—the UHF analyzes the way each state performs in a comprehensive number of health measures within the following main categories: behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care, and outcomes. Then, the foundation calculates a score for each state based on a composite index of these health measures. States with a score above zero have a population whose overall health status is above the national average and states with a score below zero fall below the national average when it comes to the overall health of their residents.

With that, here is every state in the U.S. ranked from the healthiest to the unhealthiest. And for more on how where you live impacts your life, check out Here's How Long You're Likely to Live in Every State.

1
Vermont

montpelier vermont from above
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Overall score: 0.850

And if you want to live a long, healthy life, check out 100 Ways to Live to 100.

2
Massachusetts

Massachusetts
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Overall score: 0.848

3
Hawaii

Honolulu Hawaii
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Overall score: 0.840

And to learn some fascinating facts about the most important organ in your body, check out 23 Amazing Things You Didn't Know About Your Heart.

4
Connecticut

hartford connecticut skyline
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Overall score: 0.734

5
Utah

street in park city utah
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Overall score: 0.628

And for some health concerns to be aware of, check out 40 Subtle Signs Your Body Is Telling You Something's Seriously Wrong.

6
New Hampshire

Manchester is the largest city in the state of New Hampshire and the largest city in northern New England. Manchester is known for its industrial heritage, riverside mills, affordability, and arts & cultural destination.
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Overall score: 0.605

7
Minnesota

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Overall score: 0.571

And if you want to live a long, healthy life, check out 50 Important Habits Linked to a Longer Life.

8
New Jersey

ATLANTIC CITY, USA - SEPTEMBER 20, 2017: Atlantic city waterline aerial view. AC is a tourist city in New Jersey famous for its casinos, boardwalks, and beaches
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Overall score: 0.553

9
Washington

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Overall score: 0.540

10
Colorado

skyline of denver colorado
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Overall score: 0.537

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11
New York

New York City Skyline on the East River with Brooklyn Bridge at sunset.
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Overall score: 0.512

12
California

hiking in Redwood National Park California
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Overall score: 0.398

13
Rhode Island

downtown providence rhode island
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Overall score: 0.378

14
North Dakota

downtown fargo and the fargo movie theater in north dakota
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Overall score: 0.371

15
Virginia

skyline view of richmond virginia at dusk
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Overall score: 0.349

16
Idaho

boise idaho skyline
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Overall score: 0.333

17
Nebraska

omaha nebraska
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Overall score: 0.321

18
Maryland

Maryland
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Overall score: 0.312

19
Wyoming

Panoramic aerial view of Jackson Hole homes and beautiful mountains on a summer morning, Wyoming.
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Overall score: 0.298

20
Iowa

Iowa
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Overall score: 0.289

21
Maine

Aerial view of Bar Harbor Maine
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Overall score: 0.248

22
Oregon

Portland OR view
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Overall score: 0.232

23
Wisconsin

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Overall score: 0.203

24
Montana

street in livingston montana
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Overall score: 0.202

25
South Dakota

Panorama of Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
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Overall score: 0.149

26
Illinois

Illinois
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Overall score: 0.094

27
Alaska

Sunset from the coast in Ketchikan, Alaska. Landscape coastal view along the ocean with buildings along the bay and mountain in background as the evening sun colors the cloudy/ overcast autumn sky.
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Overall score: 0.074

28
Pennsylvania

downtown pittsburgh pennsylvania
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Overall score: 0.002

29
Kansas

Dyche Hall Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
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Overall score: -0.021

30
Delaware

The aerial view of the beach town, fishing port and waterfront residential homes along the canal Lewes Delaware
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Overall score: -0.088

31
Arizona

The skyline of Tucson, Arizona with cacti in the foreground
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Overall score: -0.148

32
Michigan

skyline of detroit michigan
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Overall score: -0.209

33
Florida

miami florida from above
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Overall score: -0.213

34
Texas

Houston Texas
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Overall score: -0.244

35
Nevada

reno nevada skyline
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Overall score: -0.256

36
North Carolina

skyline of downtown charlotte north carolina
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Overall score: -0.263

37
New Mexico

santa fe new mexico skyline
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Overall score: -0.266

38
Ohio

columbus ohio
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Overall score: -0.401

39
Missouri

Gateway Arch in St. Louis MO
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Overall score: -0.413

40
Georgia

skyline of atlanta georgia
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Overall score: -0.447

41
Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA downtown cityscape on the White River at dusk.
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Overall score: -0.493

42
South Carolina

downtown charleston south carolina
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Overall score: -0.595

43
Kentucky

Kentucky Skyline
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Overall score: -0.609

44
Tennessee

Nashville Tennessee TN Drone Skyline Aerial Panorama.
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Overall score: -0.641

45
West Virginia

charleston west virginia skyline
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Overall score: -0.657

46
Oklahoma

Oklahoma City
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Overall score: -0.777

47
Alabama

An aerial photo of downtown Mobile, Alabama
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Overall score: -0.820

48
Arkansas

fayetteville arkansas street
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Overall score: -0.836

49
Louisiana

baton rouge louisiana from above
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Overall score: -0.912

50
Mississippi

The downtown skyline of Jackson, Mississippi with the state house in the foreground
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Overall score: -1.005

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