North Carolina’s Health Rankings

August 27th, 2014


  • Low prevalence of binge drinking
  • Low incidence of pertussis infections
  • High immunization coverage among children


  • High incidence of chlamydia & Salmonella infections
  • Limited availability of dentists
  • High infant mortality rate & high prevalence of low birthweight


  • Although physical inactivity decreased by 7.2 percent in the past year, it remains high at 24.9 percent of adults; 1.8 million adults are physically inactive in the state.
  • In the past 5 years, air pollution decreased by 34 percent from 12.9 to 9.6 micrograms of fine particulate per cubic meter.
  • In the past year, immunization coverage among children increased from 65.6 percent to 75.4 percent of children aged 15 to 35 months.
  • In the past 5 years, the rate of preventable hospitalizations decreased by 25 percent from 75.1 to 60.2 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • Although the infant mortality rate decreased slightly in the past year, it remains high at 7.5 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • In the past 10 years, the rate of cardiovascular deaths decreased by 36 percent from 357.6 to 262.5 deaths per 100,000 population.


  • In North Carolina, 53.7 percent of adults aged 25 years and older with at least a high school education report their health is very good or excellent compared to only 21.6 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 32.1 percent.

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