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DEFINITION: Health Index by state. "The Healthiest State designation is awarded based on 21 factors chosen from the year 2005 edition of our annual reference book, Health Care State Rankings. These factors reflect access to health care providers, affordability of health care and a generally healthy population. All 21 factors are the same as last year. The 21 factors were divided into two groups: those that are ‚Äúnegative‚Ä? for which a high ranking would be considered bad for a state, and those that are ‚Äúpositive‚Ä? for which a high ranking would be considered good for a state. Rates for each of the 21 factors were processed through a formula that measures how a state compares to the national average for a given category. The positive and negative nature of each factor was taken into account as part of the formula. Once these computations were made, the factors then were weighted (factors were weighted equally.) These weighted scores were then added together to get a state‚Äôs final score (‚ÄúSUM‚Ä? on the table above.) This way, states are assessed based on how they stack up against the national average. The end result is that the farther below the national average a state‚Äôs health ranking is, the lower (and less healthy) it ranks. The farther above the national average, the higher (and healthier) a state ranks." - Morgan Quitno Press

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Correlations between Health > Health Index ...

Variable Strength
...and  Health > Teen Birth Rate per 1,000 (inverse) 77% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Elementary & Secondary > Free Lunch Eligible (per capita) (inverse) 63% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Preterm Births as a % of Births (inverse) 63% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Lifestyle > Best States to Live 62% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Crime > Firearms Death Rate per 100,000 (inverse) 58% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > % of Students Above Proficient > Grade 4 Reading 56% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > % of Students Above Advanced > Grade 4 Reading 55% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Economy > Percent of Related Children Below Poverty Level (inverse) 55% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Economy > Percent of Children Below Poverty Level (inverse) 55% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Percent with some health care coverage 54% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > % of Students Above Proficient > Grade 8 Reading 52% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Economy > Percent below poverty level (inverse) 51% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > HIV Testing Rate > Past 12 Months (inverse) 50% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > % of Students Above Proficient > Grade 8 Math 50% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Crime > Prisoners under the jurisdiction of State or Federal correctional authorities (per capita) (inverse) 49% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Best Educated Index 49% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Labor > Employment Ratio 48% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Percent of People Who Have Completed High School (Including Equivalency) 48% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > Scale Score, Grade 4 Reading 48% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > % of Students Above Advanced > Grade 8 Reading 47% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Percent of Women who had Dental Visit 47% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Housing > Percent of Housing Units That Were Built in 1939 or Earlier 47% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Child Death Rate (inverse) 46% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > % of Students Above Basic > Grade 4 Reading 46% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > % of Students Above Proficient > Grade 4 Science 46% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Economy > GSP > Gross Operating Surplus > Social assistance (per capita) 46% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > % of Students Above Proficient > Grade 4 Math 45% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Economy > Nest Egg Index 45% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > Scale Score, Grade 8 Reading 45% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Physical exercise 45% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Oral health > Visits to the dentist 45% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Death Rate per 100,000 (inverse) 44% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Teen Death Rate (inverse) 44% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > Scale Score, Grade 8 Math 44% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Influenza Vaccines 44% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Births of Low Birthweight as a % of Births (inverse) 43% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > % of Students Above Proficient > Grade 8 Science 43% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > % of Students Above Basic > Grade 8 Math 42% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > Scale Score, Grade 4 Math 41% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Gonorrhea Rate (inverse) 41% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Births Financed by Medicaid As Percent of State Births (inverse) 41% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > % of Students Above Basic > Grade 4 Science 40% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Economy > GSP > Gross Operating Surplus > Social assistance (per $ GDP) 40% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > % of Students Above Basic > Grade 8 Reading 40% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Public Libraries > Circulation of Children's Materials (per capita) 40% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Motor Vehicle Death Rate (inverse) 40% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > Assessments > Scale Score, Grade 4 Science 39% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Syphilis Rate (inverse) 39% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Health > Infant Death Rate (inverse) 39% [plot | correlate | graph]
...and  Education > High school diploma or higher, by percentage 38% [plot | correlate | graph]
Average: 47%

About Correlations:

A correlation is a statistical measure of similarity between at least two given sets of data. StateMaster's correlations compare two variables from our database and reveal statistical relationships between them. The percentages you see represent the strength (or likelihood) that a change in the topic variable is matched by a change in the listed variables below it. But remember: These correlations do not imply causation, that is, one does not necessarily cause the other. Also, not all variables contain all states, rather subsets of states matched together.

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NOTES:

  • Outliers have been removed only where they are outside 3 standard deviations of the mean.
  • Only variable pairs where at least 15 states match for each have been considered.
  • Strength is given by the correlation coefficient (R squared). It is the fraction of variation in Y that can be attributed to the variation in X. 100% signifies a perfect fit (R squared of 1). The top 50 such stats are displayed

SOURCE: Morgan Quitno Press, 2005 via StateMaster

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