U.S. News 

The infant mortality rate dropped by 15 percent from 2005 to 2014, fewer Americans are smoking cigarettes and more people are exercising. Still, these numbers vary by state, in part because some states have been more successful than others at providing their residents with health care coverage. Not only do low-income families have more difficulty gaining health care coverage, but they may also face other disadvantages like lack of proper nutrition and more mental stressors. U.S. News determined which states are the healthiest – termed Best States for public health – by comparing them across a range of metrics: infant mortality rate, mortality rate, obesity rate, smoking rate, suicide rate and mental health.