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Minnesota ranked above national average on overall health scores



(The Center Square) – Minnesota finished above the national average in a new ranking by the United Health Foundation that examines public health challenges and progress that occurred just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The America’s Health Rankings Annual Report found that the state ranked seventh in health outcomes, such as obesity prevalence and suicide rates.

Unlike in previous years, the report does not assign overall rankings to states. Instead, it offers multiple rankings for the 50 states in the categories of social and economic factors, such as education attainment; physical environment, including air and water quality; clinical care options; behaviors such as tobacco use and physical activity; and the health outcomes.

Nationwide, the obesity rate for adults has risen 15% from 2011 to 2019, the analysis found. And the suicide rate rose 23% between 2009 and 2018, according to the study.

But the share of U.S. adults suffering from multiple chronic conditions dropped from 10.3% in 2018 to 9.5% in 2019.

Researchers anticipate that the coronavirus pandemic will affect nearly every health and economic category monitored in the analysis when the 2020 data is available.

2019 Health-Related Data by State

State Above National Average Score Overall? Rank on Social & Economic Factors Rank on Physical Environment Rank on Clinical Care Rank on Behaviors Rank on Health Outcomes
Alabama No 43 23 43 46 48
Alaska Yes 36 40 34 32 11
Arizona No 35 26 39 24 29
Arkansas No 48 11 42 45 47
California Yes 27 49 23 14 5
Colorado Yes 13 5 17 7 9
Connecticut Yes 15 33 5 3 3
Delaware Yes 16 18 16 30 35
Florida No 29 36 41 31 27
Georgia No 30 10 47 39 37
Hawaii Yes 11 28 4 13 1
Idaho Yes 23 30 37 17 14
Illinois Yes 24 32 24 23 28
Indiana No 32 27 38 36 36
Iowa Yes 5 15 9 22 15
Kansas Yes 21 35 28 26 26
Kentucky No 34 19 31 48 46
Louisiana No 50 48 40 50 50
Maine Yes 12 13 7 20 23
Maryland Yes 18 8 10 14 8
Massachusetts Yes 7 29 1 9 2
Michigan No 44 41 15 35 40
Minnesota Yes 6 4 4 4 7
Mississippi No 47 47 49 49 49
Missouri No 26 25 35 43 38
Montana Yes 25 22 32 8 41
Nebraska Yes 17 21 13 18 20
Nevada No 31 14 48 38 30
New Hampshire Yes 1 24 6 5 17
New Jersey Yes 3 50 26 11 4
New Mexico No 49 31 29 34 31
New York Yes 37 34 19 19 10
North Carolina No 22 9 27 36 31
North Dakota Yes 10 1 18 28 16
Ohio No 42 39 29 41 39
Oklahoma No 45 45 46 46 43
Oregon Yes 20 42 22 12 19
Pennsylvania Yes 27 46 8 33 34
Rhode Island Yes 18 38 2 16 18
South Carolina No 41 7 36 40 42
South Dakota Yes 39 6 21 27 24
Tennessee No 40 17 44 42 44
Texas No 33 43 50 29 22
Utah Yes 2 12 25 2 6
Vermont Yes 9 20 3 1 12
Virginia Yes 8 2 20 21 21
Washington Yes 4 16 14 6 13
West Virginia No 46 44 33 44 45
Wisconsin Yes 14 37 11 10 33
Wyoming No 38 3 45 25 25

Source: United Health Foundation



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