Ranking the Health of NJ Citizens

America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report from the United Health Foundation delivers interesting statistics concerning the overall health of New Jersey citizens.

The state rose to 11th in the nation for overall health. Among the findings:

  • Mental Health – New Jersey is the state with the lowest suicide rate in the country with 7.5 suicide deaths occurring per 100,000 people. In more good news, New Jersey’s number of mental health providers increased by 9 percent to 205.1 from 188.9 per 100,000 population.
  • Access to Care – In the past 10 years, the percentage of uninsured decreased by 49 percent to 7.9 percent from 15.6 percent of the population. Additionally, while recommended immunizations in children aged 19 to 35 months decreased slightly from 70.1 percent to 69.3 percent, NJ remains a top 5 state for low infant mortality (4.4 per 1,000 live births).
  • Obesity/physical activity – The percentage of obese adults in the state increased by 11 percent to 27.2 percent from 24.6 percent in the past five years. While the percentage of adults who reported doing no physical activity or exercise decreased slightly to 29.0 percent from 29.8 percent, this remains a challenge for New Jersey, which ranked 35th in the county.

A summary of New Jersey findings from the larger annual report is attached for reference with much more data available at

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