Excess deaths from a lack of insurance (per 100,000)
: 12.03 Pct. of population uninsured
: 14.6% (24th highest) Pct. living below the poverty line
: 18.1% (8th highest) Life expectancy at birth
: 75.16 years (2nd lowest)
West Virginia residents have the second-shortest life expectancy among all 50 states. Contributing to shorter life spans are the 26.8% of West Virginians who smoke, a higher rate than in any other state. Additionally, the Mountain State has some of the highest rates of heart disease deaths, adult obesity and diabetes in the U.S. Perhaps indicative of the cost of such poor health factors is that there are more prescription drugs filled per capita in West Virginia than in any other state.
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