Rationale and statistics:

Most stats were taken from America's Health Rankings and the U.S. Census and not based on 2013 numbers. Here are some highlights (lowlights?) from the relatively unscientific study:

  • Alabama: highest rate of stroke (3.8%) (tied with Oklahoma)
  • Alaska: highest suicide rate (23.6 suicides per 100,000 people in 2004)
  • Arkansas: worst average credit score (636) Source.
  • Georgia: sickly based on highest rate of influenza
  • Louisiana: highest rate of gonorrhea (264.4 reported cases per 100,000 people) Source.
  • Mississippi: highest rate of obesity (35.3% of total population)
  • BONUS facts: Mississippi ranks poorly in the most number of categories. These include highest rate of child poverty (31.9%), highest rate of infant mortality (1.01%), lowest median household income ($35,078), highest teen birth rate (71.9 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19) and highest overall rate of STDs.

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