Kentucky’s national rank for 2019 is 43rd, up two spots from last year

Over the past three decades, Kentucky’s health has consistently ranked near the bottom, never surpassing 39thAmerica’s Health Rankings® Annual Report is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. For 30 years, the report has analyzed a comprehensive set of data on behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care and outcomes to provide a holistic view of the health of the nation.

Kentucky’s strengths, 2019:

  • High percentage of high school graduation
  • Low prevalence of excessive drinking
  • Low violent crime rate

Kentucky’s challenges, 2019:

  • High prevalence of physical inactivity
  • High prevalence of frequent mental distress
  • High cancer death rate

Since 2012, obesity increased 20% from 30.4% to 36.6% of adults

In the past 10 years, drug deaths increased 96% from 16.4 to 32.2 deaths per 100,000 population Since 2010, the percentage of the population without health insurance decreased 66% from 16.1% to 5.5%

In the past three years, frequent mental distress increased 21% from 13.8% to 16.7% of adults

In the past two years, mental health providers increased 17% from 194.6 to 227.5 per 100,000 population

In the past four years, diabetes increased 10% from 12.5% to 13.7% of adults

For a copy of Kentucky’s report with additional information, Kentucky’s report online.