Great State of Health

Access to great health care and a penchant for healthy lifestyles make Minnesotans some of the healthiest people in the nation.

Minnesota currently ranks as the healthiest state in the country, according to 2008 annual study by CQ Press. The state has been among the top five states since 1996 and among the top three since 2006.

Use our Compare Minnesota tool to see how we stack up against other states and major metropolitan areas. Here is just a snapshot of our success.

Ranked Well Above the Rank and File
Minnesota ranks fourth nationwide on the UnitedHealth Foundation's comprehensive assessment of overall health. Rankings consider 23 measures such as public health spending per person, immunization rates, smoking rates, and premature death.

Dakota and Washington counties in the Twin Cities are the place to be according to CNN and Moneys Magazine's list of the 25 Best places for a long life. Life expectancy in Dakota County is 79.7 years, with four cities (Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville) among America's best 100. Life expectancy in Washington County is 79.8 years.

Fargo-Moorhead is the fifth-healthiest hometown in the nation, according to a 2008 article by AARP magazine.

We've Got You Covered
The 2009 Kids Count Data Book ranks Minnesota second nationwide in child well-being based on 10 measures such as infant mortality, low birth weight babies and children in poverty.

In 2005 (latest data), nearly 92 percent of the state's population was covered by health insurance, the highest percentage in the country, according to the Bureau of the Census.

Minnesota ranks among the nation's best state for affordability and availability of health care and has one of the lowest malpractice costs in the nation.

The Minnesota Department of Health provides a variety of grants to ensure medical and dental care and preserve access to pharmacists and prescription drugs in rural and underserved areas.

Best of the Best
The Mayo Clinic is the second best hospital in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report (July, 2008). The Mayo Clinic ranks at the top or among the top 10 in 15 specialties, including gastrointestinal disorders, endocrinology and neurology and neurosurgery (1st); heart and heart surgery, orthopedics, respiratory disorders, and kidney disease(2nd); urology and gynecology (3rd); and kidney diseases and cancer (4th).

Abbott Northwestern Hospital ranks among the nation's 100 top cardiovascular hospitals. Allina's Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and United Hospital in St. Paul were also on the list.

Fairview hospitals are among the top performers in the nation in key clinical outcomes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services project compared performance data on five clinical conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, hip and knee replacement, pneumonia and coronary bypass graft.

North Country Health Services in Bemidji and Regions Hospital in St. Paul have been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association Health Care Award for community health commitment by large hospitals. Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater has been similarly honored.

St. Paul-based Regions Hospital has undertaken a $179 million major facility expansion and renovation project designed to meet the growing and highest-priority health care needs, including critical community health issues such as inpatient mental health and emergency health care services.