Massachusetts: healthy but hard-drinking
Massachusetts is the nation's 6th healthiest state, up from 9th a year ago, according to the United Health Foundation's latest America's Health Rankings, released today. (Get a PDF of Massachusetts data here.)The Bay State placed first in four categories: We have the lowest percentage of residents without health insurance, the lowest occupational death rate, the most primary care physicians per capita, and the least "geographical disparity" in health outcomes within a state. (How can anyone beat Delaware or Rhode Island?)
Our worst category: binge drinking, where we rank 39th (that is, the 39th lowest rate).