Survey Finds Massachusetts Is the Healthiest State in US

A new survey has ranked Massachusetts as the the healthiest state in the United States.

New England states Vermont and Connecticut were also respectively placed in the UnitedHealth Group survey's top five at number three and five, which was rounded out by Hawaii at number two and Utah at number four.

New Hampshire ranked at number eight, while Rhode Island and Maine made number 11 and 23 on the list.

However, despite being the overall healthiest state in the country, the survey found that Massachusetts, along with its New England neighbors New Hampshire and Rhode Island, had experienced large increases in drug death rates, owing much in part to the ongoing opioid epidemic.

In New Hampshire over the past five years, there has been a 118 percent increase in drug deaths, while in Rhode Island, there has been a 56 percent increase. There has been a 69 percent increase in the Bay State, the survey found.

Mississippi ranked 50th for the least healthy state, according to the survey.

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