The annual ranking of states' health is out once again. Some highlights:
* Vermont is at the top, followed by Hawaii, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.
* Mississippi and Louisiana are tied for last place, followed by Arkansas, West Virginia, and Louisiana.
* Interestingly, all of the top 10 (except Utah, #7) are "blue" states, while all of the bottom 10 are "red" states.
Wisconsin is 16th overall, down from 12th last year -- not bad, but you guys could do better. Looking at the individual components of the ranking, here are the categories where Wisconsin is worse than average:
* Wisconsin is listed as worst in the country in binge drinking (this probably won't be a surprise to anyone here...) and also in public health funding (which is a surprise to me).
* Wisconsin is slightly worse than average for air pollution, children living in poverty, and infant mortality.
For those who think the ranking should be based only on health outcomes, not on stuff like public health funding, the state does a little better on the Outcomes ranking -- 12th, rather than 16th.