How Healthy Are Women in California?

Looks like women in California have discovered the formula for a long, healthy life. They’re more likely than most to eat their fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly and not smoke. Maybe all that California sunshine contributes to the relatively low depression rates and long life expectancies, too.

If there’s one big area for improvement, it’s this: 23% of women in the Golden State still don’t have health insurance.

See where California ranks on the health issues below. Remember, #1 is healthiest; #50 is least healthy.


  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #21
2 Cases of breast cancer #35
3 Cases of asthma #8
4 Cases of lung cancer #7
5 Get Pap smears #29
6 Have health insurance #38
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #18
8 Get mammograms #10
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #19
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #35
11 Smoke cigarettes #2
12 Cases of depression #3
13 Die from gunshot wounds #7
14 Cases of cervical cancer #26
15 Cases of heart disease #17
7 Go to the dentist #27
8 Cases of high cholesterol #12
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #5
10 Physically active #4
11 Live the longest #3
12 Cases of diabetes #17
13 Cases of high blood pressure #8
14 Are obese or overweight #17
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