AZ Snapshot: Arizona's national rank for our physical health

Posted on November 30, 2016 • Category: Well-Being


Arizona’s national rank for the PHYSICAL HEALTH that Arizonans report, one of 5 elements measured by the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index.


Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, January 27, 2016


In the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, physical health includes a broad set of behaviors and consequences that impact both our personal lives and the health of our communities. Poor health is expensive. It directly affects the cost of healthcare as well as the nation’s productivity, prosperity and overall quality of life.


Cigarette Use - Yes



Depression - Yes



Diabetes - Yes



Heart Attack - Yes



High Blood Pressure - Yes



Obesity - Yes



Physical health is one of 5 elements that make up the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, the most comprehensive set of indicators available that describe how people feel about the quality of their lives. Arizona ranks 8th in the nation on this element.



How Significant is Geography to Well-Being?

Eight of the top 10 states measured by the Well-Being Index are Western states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Texas and New Mexico are among the top 20. Six of the bottom 10 are Southern states. No Western states are in this group. 

While Arizona ranks 8th in the nation overall for the physical health that Arizonans report, the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) have higher heart attack rates among the 190 communities measured. One reason is that while Arizona is growing younger, it is also growing older.

  • Tucson ranks 68th among the nation’s MSAs. 
  • Metro Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale ranks 80th.
  • Prescott ranks 166th.
  • Lake Havasu City-Kingman ranks 185th, among the nation’s bottom 10. 


How Significant is Education to Well-Being?

The level of education achieved by Arizona residents has an impact on their physical health that varies from measure to measure.

  • Cigarette Use, Depression, Diabetes, Obesity – Use and incidence decrease with education but to varying degrees.
  • Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure – Level of education is not a significant indicator.


MSAs The Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index also measures the incidence of residents who have survived a heart attack in the 190 communities nationwide that are designated Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).
STATE OF AMERICAN WELL-BEING: 2015 Community Rankings for Incidence of Heart Attack  

Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, Oct. 25, 2016

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Lattie F. Coor

My Perspective

When CFA set out to build a citizens' agenda for Arizona, we didn't know it would end up placing Arizona at the center of a national struggle to address the challenges confronting democracy today–the growing lack of confidence that citizens have in government and their growing lack of participation in the civic life of our communities and nation.

In many ways, Arizona is a microcosm of these challenges. This fact was made clear in the results of the Gallup Arizona Poll (2009), which identified the deep concerns that Arizonans have about the need for both effective leaders and engaged citizens. CFA is now in the process of building Arizona Progress Meters for each of the 8 citizen goals defined by the people who live here. The culmination of these goals is The Arizona We Want.

The Arizona We Want is a long-term vision and it can be achieved if we work together.

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