New York State In-depth

Massachusetts was ranked the healthiest state in the country for the second year in a row, study finds

Massachusetts has been ranked the healthiest state in the country, according to a study from Boston University’s School of Public Health and the health and wellness company Sharecare. This is the second year in a row that the state has earned this ranking. Behind Massachusetts is Hawaii followed by New Jersey, Maryland and New York. The nation’s lowest-ranked states were Mississippi, Arkansas and New Mexico.

The study, called the Community Well-Being Index, measures well-being through five main categories: physical, social, community, purpose and financial. The study also measures social determinants such as resources, healthcare, economic security, housing and transportation.

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