Where You Live Says A Lot More About You Than You'd Think

March 10, 2015 11:31 AM

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Where You Live Says A Lot More About You Than You'd Think

10. Nebraska > Pct. obese: 29.6% (23rd highest) > Cardiovascular deaths per 100,000: 224.9 (17th lowest) > Physicians per 100,000: 118.5 (25th highest) > Pct. visiting dentist in 2012: 63.4 (16th highest) Based on a wide range of factors, Nebraska has the 10th healthiest population in the nation. As in most of the healthiest states, a strong job market is a major factor. Not only does job security alleviate financial stress and provide income needed to access health services, but also a large percentage of Americans receive health insurance from their employer. Less than 4% of Nebraska’s workforce was unemployed last year, nearly the lowest rate nationwide. Also, 11.3% of state residents did not have health insurance in 2013, one of the lower rates. By comparison, nearly 15% of Americans were not insured that year. Nebraskans also have relatively healthy behaviors. For example, there were just three drug-related deaths per 100,000 Nebraska residents last year, nearly half the national rate and less than all but two other states.

9. North Dakota > Pct. obese: 31.0% (13th highest) > Cardiovascular deaths per 100,000: 226.8 (18th lowest) > Physicians per 100,000: 123.6 (21st highest) > Pct. visiting dentist in 2012: 56.1 (25th lowest) North Dakota residents are still reaping the benefits from the state’s dramatic economic grow...

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