Finally, we’ve made it to the number one pick- which in this case is not something to be happy about. In terms of overall health and health care, Mississippi is the worst state in the U.S.
Health outcomes and community support? Nope, the state ranked dead last in these two categories. In fact, community support dropped from $207 to $184 per adult aged 60 and older in poverty, the average for the entirety of the state is $571. This is obviously an issue since 13.7% of seniors in the Magnolia State live in poverty- to put this into perspective, 9% of seniors live in poverty across the nation!
The early death rate is also high with 2,483 deaths per 100,000 adults aged 65 to 74 passing away early. Nationally, there are 1,791 deaths per 100,000!
The only good news that we have is the fact that only 4.1% of seniors over the age of 65 drink excessively- nationally, this figure is up at 7.4%.