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10 new jersey America's healthiest states

10. New Jersey
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• Percentage of obese residents: 24.6% (8th lowest)
• Cardiovascular deaths per 100,000: 248.0 (25th lowest)
• Physicians per 100,000: 140.4 (8th highest)
• Percentage who visited a dentist in 2012: 71.2% (8th highest) New Jersey, one of the wealthiest states in the nation, had the third highest median household income in 2012 at $66,692. It also had one of the lowest poverty rates last year at just under 11%. Overall, New Jersey residents have managed to maintain relatively good health. This could be partly due to the strong medical infrastructure in the state. Per 100,000 residents, New Jersey had among the most dentists and primary care physicians in the country.

America's healthiest states

By Alexander E.M. Hess, Michael B. Sauter and Thomas C. Frohlich | 24/7 Wall Street

The United States is far from being the healthiest country in the world. The country struggles with obesity and heart disease, and life expectancy is worse than in countries such as Slovenia and Chile.

But the country’s health may be turning around. In the latest edition of America’s Health Rankings, the country improved in more than two-thirds of the health measures, which included healthy behaviors, quality of health care, health policy, the presence of diseases and deaths from illnesses across the nation.

The differences in health on a state level vary considerably. For example: The Centers for Disease Control tracks the number of years lost when people do not live to the expected age of 75. In the nation’s least healthy state, nearly 11 millennia were lost per 100,000 people, nearly twice the number of the country’s third healthiest state, Minnesota.

Yahoo Homes is publishing America's 10 healthiest states; click the slideshow at the top to see them. To see America's 10 least healthy states -- and for the full report and methodology -- visit 24/7 Wall Street's website: