The United Health Foundation released the 2014 America’s Health Rankings report on December 10, 2014. Wyoming ranked 25th, an eight spot decrease from the 17 ranking that Wyoming received in 2013.

The 2014 report illustrates Wyoming has its share of strengths and challenges.

Wyoming’s Strengths

·         Low violent crime rate: Wyoming ranks 5th in the country, with 201 violent crimes per 100,000 population.

·         Low percentage of children in poverty: About 14 percent of children are living in poverty, ranking Wyoming 8th in the U.S.

·         Low levels of air pollution: Wyoming ranks 2nd in the U.S., with 5 micrograms of fine particles per cubic meter.

Wyoming’s Challenges

·         High occupational fatalities rate: Wyoming ranks last in the country, with 12.5 occupations deaths per 100,000 population.

·         High prevalence of low birthweight: About 8.5 percent of lives births are considered low in weight, ranking Wyoming 35th.

·         Limited availability of primary care physicians: Wyoming ranks 45th in the U.S. with 90 primary care physicians per 100,000 population.