How Healthy Are Women in Florida?

Women who migrate to Florida get more than just warm weather and sunny skies. They also have one of the highest life expectancies in the country. The rest of the country can learn from some of Florida’s good health habits, too. Women here don’t go overboard drinking and smoking.

Florida’s biggest problem could be having a big impact on all others, though. More than a quarter of women in the Sunshine State don’t have health insurance.

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


  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #15
2 Cases of breast cancer #12
3 Cases of asthma #15
4 Cases of lung cancer #29
5 Get Pap smears #32
6 Have health insurance #46
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #9
8 Get mammograms #17
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #15
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #22
11 Smoke cigarettes #12
12 Cases of depression #17
13 Die from gunshot wounds #26
14 Cases of cervical cancer #43
15 Cases of heart disease #35
7 Go to the dentist #39
8 Cases of high cholesterol #40
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #20
10 Physically active #26
11 Live the longest #4
12 Cases of diabetes #32
13 Cases of high blood pressure #39
14 Are obese or overweight #21
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