According to America's Health Rankings Annual Report, from the United Health Foundation, Minnesota now ranks sixth overall in terms of the healthiest states in the nation. Last year, Minnesota ranked fourth.
For nearly 30 years, America’s Health Rankings has provided an analysis of national health on a state-by-state basis by evaluating a historical and comprehensive set of health, environmental and socioeconomic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings.
Massachusetts received the top ranking for 2017. Hawaii was second and Vermont third. Mississippi ranked last.
The report noted Minnesota's strengths as:
• Low percentage of uninsured population
• Low cardiovascular death rate
• Low percentage of children in poverty
The state’s weaknesses included:
• High prevalence of excessive drinking
• High incidence of pertussis
• Low per capita public health funding
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