50 states ranked by overall health in 2022

United Health Foundation released its 2022 America's Health Rankings Dec. 6, which analyzes the overall health of the 50 states and marks the return of the rankings after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

UHF is the nonprofit, private foundation established by UnitedHealth Group in 1999. It excluded the ranking of states by overall health in 2020 and 2021 "out of a shared understanding of the significant and unprecedented health challenges presented by the pandemic." For the 2022 rankings, UHF analyzed 51 measures across five categories of health: social and economic factors, physical environment, behaviors, clinical care and health outcomes. 

New Hampshire came out on top for 2022, ranking in the top quintile across four of the categories: social and economic factors (No. 1), clinical care (No. 4), behaviors (No. 1) and health outcomes (No. 6). Four of the five top-ranking states are found on the East Coast.

Louisiana trailed the nation and has the most room for improved health in 2022, ranking in the bottom quintiles across all five measured categories. All of the five bottom-ranking states are found in the South. 

Below are the 2022 state rankings. Summaries containing a breakdown of each state's performance in individual categories or measures can be found here. The complete 44-page annual report from UHF can be found here

1. New Hampshire 

2. Massachusetts 

3. Vermont

4. Connecticut

4. Hawaii

6. Minnesota 

7. Utah

8. Maryland

9. Washington

10. Colorado

11. Rhode Island

12. Maine

13. New Jersey

14. Virginia

15. Iowa

16. Nebraska

17. Idaho

18. Oregon

19. North Dakota

20. Delaware

21. Wisconsin

22. California

23. New York 

24. South Dakota

25. Pennsylvania 

26. Illinois 

27. Florida 

28. Montana 

29. Michigan

30. North Carolina

31. Kansas

32. Arizona

33. Wyoming

34. Alaska

35. Indiana

36. Georgia

37. Ohio

38. Texas

39. Missouri

40. New Mexico

41. South Carolina

42. Nevada

43. Kentucky

44. Tennessee

45. Oklahoma

46. Alabama

47. West Virginia

48. Arkansas

49. Mississippi 

50. Louisiana 

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