Women and Asthma: Which States Are the Best and Worst?

Women in New England are more likely to have asthma than just about anywhere else in America.

Asthma doesn’t just affect how we breathe -- it also affects our quality of life. Women with uncontrolled asthma are more likely to sleep poorly, miss work and have to skip the gym.

Vermont has the highest rate of women with asthma in the country. Fellow New England states Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire also have lots of women suffering from the wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath that come with asthma.

Why is asthma more common in New England? More research is needed before we know for sure, but changing climate along with poor indoor air quality and workplace conditions are the leading suspects.

Here’s how the states rank for asthma: #1 is where it's easiest to breathe while #50 has the highest rate of asthma. Each number represents the percentage of women who were diagnosed with asthma.

Rank State %
1 Tennessee 7.3
2 Louisiana 7.6
3 South Dakota 8.1
4 Iowa 9
5 Mississippi 9.3
5 North Dakota 9.3
5 West Virginia 9.3
8 California 9.4
8 Nebraska 9.4
10 Georgia 9.5
10 Minnesota 9.5
12 North Carolina 9.6
12 Texas 9.6
14 South Carolina 9.8
15 Florida 10
16 Arkansas 10.1
16 Idaho 10.1
18 Kansas 10.3
19 Maryland 10.4
20 Alabama 10.6
20 Wisconsin 10.6
22 Montana 10.7
23 New Jersey 10.8
24 Missouri 10.9
25 New Mexico 11.1
25 Utah 11.1
27 Connecticut 11.3
27 Oklahoma 11.3
27 Virginia 11.3
30 Illinois 11.6
31 Colorado 11.7
31 Indiana 11.7
31 Oregon 11.7
31 Wyoming 11.7
35 Nevada 11.9
35 Washington 11.9
37 New York 12
37 Ohio 12
37 Pennsylvania 12
40 Delaware 12.1
40 Hawaii 12.1
42 Arizona 12.4
43 Kentucky 12.6
43 Michigan 12.6
45 Massachusetts 12.9
45 New Hampshire 12.9
47 Maine 13
48 Alaska 13.7
49 Rhode Island 13.9
50 Vermont 14.1

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010

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