Survey: Idaho Ninth Healthiest State


Idaho has become a healthier place to live, at least according to the latest survey from the United Health Foundation.

UHF ranks Idaho as the ninth healthiest state in the nation. Elsewhere in the region, Oregon ranked 15th, Washington came in at 11th and Montana was 25th. A year ago, Idaho was 14th.

The survey points to Idaho's strengths including a low incidence of infectious disease, a low rate of preventable hospitalizations and a low rate of cancer deaths. On the minus side, Idaho has a limited availability of primary care physicians and a high rate of uninsured residents (approximately 15 percent of Idaho's population).

The unhealthiest state in the nation: Mississippi. The healthiest: Vermont.

You can read the full report here.