Adult Health Status
Portion of adults who say their health is very good or excellent
Indicator Summary Score
Numbers listed on the maps are indicator summary scores, which measure how far a state has to go to meet the HOPE Goal (Distance to Goal) and how much variation there is across racial and ethnic groups within the state on the measure (Racial Inequity). Scores range from 0 to 100 with 100 indicating the state with the best combined performance. Hovering over a state reveals information on Distance to Goal and Racial Inequity separately.
of U.S. adults are in very good or excellent health
of U.S. adults with very good or excellent health
Distance to Goal54 million
more adults in the U.S. would need to be in very good or excellent health to achieve the HOPE Goal
Why it Matters
Good adult health status is central to happiness, well-being, and economic productivity.
- Asian/Pacific Islander adults report the highest rates of very good or excellent health status, with 55% achieving the HOPE goal for portion of adults expressing very good or excellent health.
- Hispanic adults report the lowest rates of very good or excellent health status, followed by American Indian/Alaska Native adults with only 34% and 37%, respectively, achieving the HOPE goal for portion of adults expressing very good or excellent health.
- The Southeast region has less opportunities for individuals to be in very good and excellent health, with four states ranking in the bottom ten (Mississippi, North Carolina, Kentucky and Alabama).
- The New England states fare better on adult health status with three states ranking in the top ten (New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Maine).
- Generally, the Far West states also experience better outcomes for adult health status.
State Distance to Goal
Adult Health Status
This chart is interactive. Explore data by clicking the dots to select and compare different race and ethnicity groups.