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America’s Healthiest Brain States

The index measures mental health, social well-being, nutrition, and other factors

The latest ranking of states with the best brain health are released, and Maryland gets top bragging rights.

The 2014 America’s Brain Health Index ranks states on 21 measures, including mental health, social well-being, and nutrition. Maryland is Number One for high consumption of fish–which is linked to better brain health–and low rates of Alzheimer’s deaths, and smokers. The state does not, however, have high levels of religious and spiritual activities, which are factored into the rankings.

Here are the top 10 states for good brain health:

  1. Maryland
  2. Washington
  3. Colorado
  4. Connecticut
  5. Alaska
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Vermont
  8. New York
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Georgia

And here are the 10 worst:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Alabama
  3. North Dakota
  4. Louisiana
  5. Arkansas
  6. Iowa
  7. Indiana
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Tennessee
  10. Kentucky

Check out more data about each state here.

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