West Virginia Ranks 46th in Healthiest States Survey

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Ranking last in such categories as drug deaths, obesity and smoking, West Virginia is listed as 46th overall in a national survey of healthiest states.

The 2017 America’s Health Rankings Annual Report lists Ohio at No. 39 and Kentucky at 42.

West Virginia is in the bottom five states with Mississippi, No. 50: Louisiana, No. 49; Arkansas, No. 48; and Alabama, No. 47.

The states ranked as the healthiest are Massachusetts, No. 1; Hawaii, No. 2; Vermont, No. 3; Utah, No. 4; and Connecticut, No. 5.

In the study, 35 core measures were evaluated.

West Virginia ranked 48th in child poverty and 41st in physical inactivity. The Mountain State was listed as the healthiest when it comes to measuring excessive drinking and infectious disease.

Click here to see the full survey.

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