Health rank in the United States
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Health Ranks for 2019 for each state using a consistent set of health indicators; namely those used to derive the rank reported in the 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book.
The Health Rank for each state was obtained in the following manner. First, we converted the 2017 (or 2016/2017, depending on the indicator) state numerical values for each of the 4 key indicators within each domain into standard scores. We summed those standard scores in each domain to get a total standard score for each state. Finally, we ranked the states on the basis of their total standard score by domain in sequential order from highest/best (1) to lowest/worst (50). Standard scores were derived by subtracting the mean score from the observed score and dividing the amount by the standard deviation for that distribution of scores. All measures were given the same weight in calculating the domain standard score.
Data Source: Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data gathered for the 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book.
Footnotes: Updated June 2019.
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