Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the country, according to a new report from America’s Health Rankings.
The 28th annual report from the United Health Foundation and American Public Health Association examined 35 measures for policy, clinical care, behaviors, community and environment, and outcomes to measure the progress of individual states and identify emerging health trends.
Last year, the Bay State was ranked second behind Hawaii, which had held the No. 1 spot for the past five years. This year, two other New England states, Vermont and Connecticut, were ranked in the top five healthiest states, coming in at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively.
Massachusetts got good marks in the report for having the highest concentration of mental health providers (547.3 per 100,000 population), more than 200 primary care physicians per 100,000 people, and more than 80 dentists per 100,000 people.
The Bay State also had the lowest percentage of uninsured residents at 2.7 percent of the population, a low prevalence of obesity. In the past two years, the percentage of children living in poverty decreased by 38 percent, from 17.6 percent to 11 percent of children.
“This report highlights the notable progress that our state is making to improve the health and well-being of every individual living in the Commonwealth,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement.
But not all aspects of health were rosy for the Bay State. The report found that several northeastern states that are largely considered healthy have recorded large increases in drug deaths.
The rate of drug deaths increased in New Hampshire by 118 percent, in Massachusetts by 69 percent, and in Rhode Island by 56 percent.