Friday, December 12, 2008

Top Ten Healthiest and Unhealthiest States

Forbes recently put out a list of America's healthiest and unhealthiest states.

They calculated categories which included: Prevalence of Obesity, Air Pollution, Lack of Health Insurance, Immunization Coverage, Primary Care Physicians, Poor Mental Health Days, Cardiovascular Deaths, and Cancer Deaths.

Here are the final top ten lists:


Healthiest States in the US
Vermont
Hawaii
New Hampshire
Minnesota
Utah
Washington
Maine
Idaho
Connecticut
Massachusetts

Unhealthiest States in the US
Georgia
Nevada
Arkansas
Oklahoma
Florida
Texas
Tennessee
S. Carolina
Mississippi
Louisiana


When I looked over the list, I immediately wondered why Forbes failed to point out one glaring indicator of whether a state is healthy or unhealthy: Whether it's a red state or a blue state.

8 of the top ten healthiest states are blue.

10 of the top ten unhealthiest states are red.

Here's a visual aid: [Image deleted by the internets]


I have some personal theories about why blue states are healthier; Democrats are more likely to fund public programs for disadvantaged families as well as public projects like parks, and after school programs. (You know, those gosh-darned tax-and-spend Liberals, always whining about the general welfare and what not!)

But when it comes to making the case for why blue is just all around better than red, I can't top The Letter to the Red States, so I won't try.

3 comments:

nunya said...

And the Queen said let them eat Cheetos and drink beer from the liquor store on the corner....

you know what I mean.

collin said...

Another fact is that all of them are states on large bodies of water; the pacific and atlantic oceans, and the great lakes. Nevada is no surprise either; its entire economy is based on entertainment in the form of gambling, shows, food and liquor.

Other aspects of climate may be a factor as well.

Heather said...

Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are all on major bodies of water, and yet they are among the unhealthiest states, so the line between healthy and unhealthy really can't be drawn there.

And if we were to draw the line at economy or even population density, that still comes back to politics. Most of the coastal states are blue because the people there have a liberal mindset. Just like southerners tend to have a conservative mindset.