(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - How healthy is Wyoming? According to the annual report released by America's Health Rankings
, Wyoming ranks 25th compared to
other states (no change from last year). Although ranked right in the
middle of the states for overall health, Wyoming did rank best for low
poverty in children and low levels of air pollution.
Specifically, Wyoming ranked:
- *#1 in low percentage of children in poverty:* About 10 percent of
Wyoming children are living in poverty, ranking 1st in the U.S.
- *#1 for air quality:* Wyoming ranks 1st in the U.S., with 5.0
micrograms of fine particles per cubic meter.
- *#7 in low prevalence of diabetes*: Wyoming ranks 7th in the U.S.,
with 8.4 percent of the population being diabetic.
According to the report, in the past year, children in poverty decreased 25
percent from 14.1 percent to 10.6 percent of children. Additionally, in the
past two years, infant mortality deceased 28 percent.
On the other side of the spectrum, Wyoming ranked:
- *#48 in immunization coverage among children:* Wyoming ranks 48th in
the U.S., with 64 percent of children aged 19 to 35 months being immunized.
- *#41 in immunization coverage among adolescents:* Wyoming ranks 41st
in the U.S. with the percentage of immunized adolescents aged 13 to 17
years in Wyoming below the national average.
- *#46 in availability of primary care physicians:* Wyoming ranks 46th
in the U.S. with 89 primary care physicians per 100,000 population.
“For the last 26 years, the America’s Health Rankings Annual Report has
provided a comprehensive picture of the challenges and opportunities facing
Wyoming’s health, and where we stand against our peer states and the nation
at large,” said Cara Beatty, M.D., medical director, UnitedHealthcare in
Wyoming. “We look forward to using this year’s report to continue
identifying best practices that address Wyoming’s most pressing health
challenges and encourage our residents to lead the healthiest lives
Here is the full Wyoming health report:
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*Feature Photo: h/t Creative Commons / Pitchengine Communities *
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