healthstatesConnecticut companies may want to move down South to save on electricity and wage costs, but according to the 2016 report by the United Health Foundation, communities with low incomes and poor public support have the most unhealthy citizens.

According to the survey, the unhealthiest states in the country all are in the southeast US.

For the 27th year in a row, UHF has ranked America’s states, incorporating data on factors including smoking, obesity, cardiovascular disease, air pollution, poverty and health outcomes.

Perhaps readers wouldn’t find a surprise that Hawaii made the top of the list as America’s healthiest state, but the deep south state of Mississippi was declared the unhealthiest.

Getting out on the ocean in a vacation paradise was not clearly the factors that drove Hawaii to the lead however, the often frozen states of Massachusetts [2], Connecticut [3], Minnesota [4], and Vermont [5], rounded out the top five healthiest states.

Using information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, and the Census bureau, the survey included data on obesity and smoking, child poverty, air pollution, immunizations, and health outcomes for disease like cancer and diabetes.

Among the good news across the country was that smoking continues to decline, as were preventable hospitalizations and the percentage of the population without health insurance.

Smoking was down 41% since the survey began in 1990 from 29.5% to 17.5% of the population. However, for the first time in 27 years Cardiovascular deaths increased albeit by one death per 100,000 population. Drug deaths increased by 4% and the percentage of the US that is classified as obese rose from 11.6% in 1990 to 29.8% today.

The full report can be found at: www.americashealthrankings.org