The Healthiest — and Unhealthiest — US States
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The Healthiest — and Unhealthiest — US States

Vermont is the healthiest state in the U.S., according to the latest annual ranking by the United Health Foundation.

Vermont climbed three spots, thanks in part to “a low incidence of chlamydia, a low violent crime rate and a low percentage of uninsured individuals,” the report says.

The rest of the top five are Massachusetts, Hawaii, Connecticut and Utah.

At the other end of the list, Mississippi ranks as the least healthy state — or, as the report euphemistically suggests, the state with the greatest opportunity for improvement.

Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Oklahoma round out the bottom five. New York has made the most progress since the annual report was first published in 1990, climbing from 40 to 11.