The United States is one of very few economically powerful countries in the world that still does not have a fully central and universal health care system. Many other countries have guaranteed a certain standard and quality of care to all of its citizens, but in the United States health care outcomes are largely driven by regional and local factors. This means that health outcomes can vary significantly from state to state and even from city to city.
For instance, health outcomes in different parts of Texas are often vastly different from one another. The premature mortality rate, which measures deaths of people under 75, is 260.0 per 100,000 residents in the Austin-Round Rock metro area. The rate jumps to 488.1 premature deaths per 100,000 residents in Texarkana. For comparison, the nationwide premature mortality rate is 333.3 deaths per 100,000 people.
To determine the healthiest city in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed several health indicators such as healthy behaviors, health outcomes, and availability of care for all U.S. metro areas. We constructed an index from these factors to determine the overall health of the residents in each metropolitan area.