Report: RI Among Healthiest States

Dec 15, 2017

Rhode Island ranks as the 11th healthiest state, according to a new report released by the nonprofit United Health Foundation.

Massachusetts ranks number one.

Rhode Island’s ranking ticked up 3 percentage points from 2016, when the state ranked 14th in the country, the report said.  

The annual report ranks states based on 35 health and environmental measures, including obesity, air pollution and public health funding.

The study from the non-profit arm of United Healthcare found that the Ocean State jumped three rankings to reach the number 11 slot this year. Over the past five years, infant mortality rates have decreased by 24 percent, and smoking has decreased by 28 percent. The number of uninsured residents has dropped by 58 percent.

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But the study found Rhode Island faces several health challenges. The most notable is a dramatic increase in drug-related deaths, up 56 percent jump in the last five years.

The study ranked Massachusetts as the healthiest state, although drug-related deaths were a challenge there as well, increasing 69 percent over the last five years. 

New England states that ranked among the ten healthiest include Vermont, Connecticut and New Hampshire. 

NEW ENGLAND STATE RANKINGS:

MASSACHUSETTS - #1

VERMONT - #3

CONNECTICUT - #5

NEW HAMPSHIRE - #8

MAINE - #23