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Study ranks Vermont as healthiest state

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Vermont is once again considered the healthiest state in the country.

The rankings from the United Health Foundation have Vermont number one for the sixth year in a row.

Here are some of the reasons why:

Vermont has a higher rate of high school graduation and more people covered with insurance.

The state also has a low incidence of infectious disease, a lower rate of obesity and fewer smokers than most other states.

"Our ranking has steadily climbed since 2000. We were 23rd in the nation in terms of health. We've made good progress," said Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont.

One knock on Vermont's health outlook-- a higher rate of cancer deaths than most other states.

New Hampshire ranks as the third healthiest state in the survey. Mississippi and Louisiana tied for last.

Click here for the full rankings.

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