Low Infant Mortality Rate

Low Infant Mortality Rate

This metric measures the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2015. The infants could have died at any point before their first birthday. With an infant death rate of just 4.1 per 1,000 live births, New Hampshire ranked first for this metric. In No. 50 Mississippi, the rate was 9.45 infants in 2015.  TN ranks 37th.

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Low Mortality Rate

Low Mortality Rate

This measures the number of deaths in a state in 2016. The rate was then age-adjusted per a population of 100,000.  With 572 deaths per 100,000 people, No. 1 Hawaii had the lowest mortality rate in 2016. Mississippi ranked last with nearly 949 deaths per 100,000 people.  TN ranks 44th.

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Low Obesity Rate

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Low Obesity Rate

This evaluates the percentage of adults in a state who were obese in 2016. Obese adults are those who have a body mass index of 30 or higher; a healthy BMI is typically between 18.5 and 24.9. A lower obesity rate indicated a higher ranking for this metric. In Colorado, which ranked first, about one in five adults were obese in 2016, while in No. 50 West Virginia, approximately 38 percent of adults were obese.TN ranks 45th.

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Low Smoking Rate

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Low Smoking Rate

This metric measures the percentage of a state’s adult population that smoked cigarettes in 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked adults to identify as smokers or non-smokers, and those who refused to answer were not counted for this metric. In No. 1 Utah, less than 9 percent of adults smoked, while in No. 50 West Virginia, 1 in 4 adults smoked cigarettes in 2016. TN ranks 43rd.

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Low Suicide Rate

Low Suicide Rate

This metric evaluates the number of suicides per 100,000 people in 2016.  With less than 8 suicides per 100,000 people, New York was first for this metric, while No. 50 Alaska had slightly more than 26 suicides per 100,000 residents. TN ranks 29th.

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Mental Health

Mental Health

This metric counts the percentage of adults who reported poor mental health in at least 14 of the last 30 days in a 2016 survey with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Survey participants were asked the following question: "Now thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?" Any respondent who reported 14 or more days of poor mental health was counted for this metric. With about 8 percent of people reporting at least 14 days of poor mental health in the last month, South Dakotans earned the No. 1 slot for this metric, and North Dakota followed close behind at 9 percent. In 50th-ranked West Virginia, about 17 percent of adults reported 14 days or more of poor mental health. TN ranks 42nd.

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