Asthma

Women and asthma: Which states are the best and worst?

March 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM ET

Women and Asthma
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Women and Asthma

Asthma doesn’t just affect how we breathe -- it also affects our quality of life. Women with uncontrolled asthma are more likely to sleep poorly, miss work and have to skip the gym.

Vermont has the highest rate of women with asthma in the country. Fellow New England states Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire also have lots of women suffering from the wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath that come with asthma.

Why is asthma more common in New England? More research is needed before we know for sure, but changing climate along with poor indoor air quality and workplace conditions are the leading suspects.

Here’s how the states rank for asthma: #1 is where it's easiest to breathe while #50 has the highest rate of asthma. Each number represents the percentage of women who were diagnosed with asthma.

RankState%
1Tennessee7.3
2Louisiana7.6
3South Dakota8.1
4Iowa9
5Mississippi9.3
5North Dakota9.3
5West Virginia9.3
8California9.4
8Nebraska9.4
10Georgia9.5
10Minnesota9.5
12North Carolina9.6
12Texas9.6
14South Carolina9.8
15Florida10
16Arkansas10.1
16Idaho10.1
18Kansas10.3
19Maryland10.4
20Alabama10.6
20Wisconsin10.6
22Montana10.7
23New Jersey10.8
24Missouri10.9
25New Mexico11.1
25Utah11.1
27Connecticut11.3
27Oklahoma11.3
27Virginia11.3
30Illinois11.6
31Colorado11.7
31Indiana11.7
31Oregon11.7
31Wyoming11.7
35Nevada11.9
35Washington11.9
37New York12
37Ohio12
37Pennsylvania12
40Delaware12.1
40Hawaii12.1
42Arizona12.4
43Kentucky12.6
43Michigan12.6
45Massachusetts12.9
45New Hampshire12.9
47Maine13
48Alaska13.7
49Rhode Island13.9
50Vermont14.1

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010

See the State of Women methodology and sources.

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.


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