Rhode Island 

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Health in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is a small state located in the northeastern part of the United States. Its health system is mainly composed of local hospitals and medical facilities that provide excellent care to its inhabitants. The hospitals are well equipped and offer a variety of services, ranging from preventative care to complex surgeries. In addition, Rhode Island has some of the best health outcomes in the country according to national surveys. Life expectancy in Rhode Island is among the highest in the nation and infant mortality rates are among the lowest. Furthermore, there are numerous programs aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles such as fitness classes, nutrition counseling, and disease prevention education. All of these services contribute to good health in Rhode Island State.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.


There are 271 physicians per 100,000 population in Rhode Island. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.


The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Rhode Island area is 80.1 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

80.1 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.


The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Rhode Island area is 46 (100=best). The US average is 55.

46 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.


The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Rhode Island area is 70 (100=best). The US average is 87.

70 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Rhode Island commutes 24.6 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.


The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Rhode Island area is 68 (100=best). The US average is 58.

68 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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