States ranked by ER visit rate

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Louisiana has the highest rate of emergency room visits in the U.S., according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation ranking.

These figures have changed since first published April 5. 

Kaiser Family Foundation analyzed data from the 1999-2019 American Hospital Association Annual Survey. The data include ER visits from community hospitals, which represent 85 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.

In 2019, the national ER visit rate was 437 per 1,000 population. Here's how each state and the District of Columbia stack up.

Note: The list includes ties, which results in a numerical listing of 44.

  1. Louisiana — 604
  2. Kentucky — 603
  3. District of Columbia — 593
  4. Ohio — 589
  5. West Virginia — 582
  6. Mississippi — 574
  7. Maine — 537
  8. New Hampshire — 524
  9. Arkansas — 516
  10. Vermont — 509
  11. Alabama — 508
  12. Indiana — 502
  13. Michigan — 500
  14. Rhode Island — 499
  15. Tennessee — 497
  16. Oklahoma — 492
  17. Delaware — 491
    Massachusetts — 491
  18. Pennsylvania — 483
  19. Connecticut — 477
    Missouri — 477
    Nebraska — 477
  20. Florida — 474
  21. South Carolina — 468
  22. Alaska — 451
    New York — 451
  23. Illinois — 444
  24. Georgia — 436
  25. Virginia — 425
  26. Montana — 424
    North Carolina — 424
  27. Texas — 422
  28. New Mexico — 418
    North Dakota — 418
  29. Iowa — 417
  30. Kansas — 411
  31. New Jersey — 409
  32. South Dakota — 407
  33. Wisconsin — 391
  34. Idaho — 386
    Wyoming — 386
  35. Washington — 384
  36. Oregon — 373
  37. Colorado — 366
  38. Maryland — 365
  39. Minnesota — 360
  40. Hawaii — 351
  41. California — 331
  42. Arizona — 330
  43. Nevada — 310
  44. Utah — 269

Editor's note: This article was updated Sunday, April 11 at 12:00 p.m. CST.

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