Which states have the most people in their state of health and well-being?
The number of Americans in their states of health is rising, while the percentage of Americans reporting that they have no health issues is also rising.
According to a new report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of adults reporting health problems increased from 4.2 million in 2015 to 5.1 million in 2019, an increase of 2.6 percent.
The increase was greatest among older adults, whose number rose from 1.9 million to 2.7 million.
Among those ages 65 and older, the increase was even greater: from 1 million to 3.6 million.
This means that, overall, the nation’s adults now report more health problems than ever before.
As for how many of these adults have health problems, the NCHS report says that a greater percentage of adults reported that they had some form of chronic health problem in the previous year than in the year before, an average of 1.6 per 1,000.
This represents a slight uptick from 2015, when the percentage reporting health issues was 1.4.
The report does not include adults who were hospitalized, but a greater share of them were in the hospital.
The survey also found that people who live in rural areas have a higher rate of chronic diseases and other conditions.
For example, more than a quarter of adults living in the South and Midwest reported having chronic conditions in the past year, compared with 7 percent in the Northeast and 5 percent in West Virginia.
But the numbers are more pronounced in the West.
About 40 percent of adults in the region said they had chronic conditions and 16 percent said they were hospitalized.
In addition, more adults in West and Southern states report being in a nursing home, hospital or hospice care.
These findings, which the report attributes to changes in how Americans live, eat and interact with each other, highlight the challenges and opportunities of aging in a society that is increasingly moving toward digital and other technologies.