How Healthy Are Women in New Jersey?

New Jersey women are less likely to smoke than most and, Sopranos jokes aside, safer here from gun deaths than any other state but one (Massachusetts). And women in the Garden State have just about the lowest rate of depression in the nation -- second only to sunny Hawaii.

The bad news is that breast cancer rates are high, as are deaths from the disease, although an admirable 77.3 percent of New Jersey women over 40 have had a mammogram in the last three years.

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

  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #23
2 Cases of breast cancer #43
3 Cases of asthma #23
4 Cases of lung cancer #17
5 Get Pap smears #9
6 Have health insurance #31
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #23
8 Get mammograms #15
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #35
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #42
11 Smoke cigarettes #4
12 Cases of depression #2
13 Die from gunshot wounds #2
14 Cases of cervical cancer #34
15 Cases of heart disease #17
7 Go to the dentist #12
8 Cases of high cholesterol #14
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #14
10 Physically active #18
11 Live the longest #14
12 Cases of diabetes #11
13 Cases of high blood pressure #21
14 Are obese or overweight #11
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