What's the Worst That Could Happen to You At Home?
NEW YORK (MainStreet) With floods, wild fires, hurricanes and rampant violence racking our nerves, it's a wonder we don't all live in constant fear. Somehow we rationalize away the worry with a healthy "that won't happen here" attitude. But, just like winning the lottery, while the odds might be long, sometimes your number comes up. What's the worst thing that can happen in your state? The Kaiser Family Foundation has analyzed information from the Centers for Disease Control, the FBI and other sources and TopMastersInHealth.com put the data in a handy interactive infographic.
Some highlights include:
- Lightning strikes: Residents of Florida have the biggest risk of dying from a bolt of lightning with 22-31 lethal strikes per year recorded from 1998-2008. Texas, Colorado and Georgia follow. Alaskan residents are safest from this hazard.
- Murder rate: Washington, D.C. has the highest murder rate per 100,000 people according to the FBI. Hawaii, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are the states with the lowest.
- Cancer: West Virginia ranks first in cancer deaths with 176-193 deaths per 100,000 citizens. Utah has the least.
- Obesity: The percentage of obese adults is highest in Mississippi (31%) followed by West Virginia and Alabama. Colorado ranks lowest, with an obesity rate of only 18%.
- Loss of teeth: According to the number of adults 65+ who have had all of their teeth extracted, West Virginians are most at risk. Meanwhile, Connecticut has the best dental health in the nation.
- Incarceration rate: Louisiana leads in lockups, followed by Mississippi. Maine has the lowest percentage of prison population as of 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Sexually transmitted diseases: The interactive map on this one gets real colorful, and slightly swollen. Looks like the warm and moist states put you most at risk, while you might be less prone to pains from passion where it's cold.
The interactive map allows you to click on your state for a list of calamities close to home and includes additional rankings on traffic fatalities, unemployment rates and mental health.
--Written by Hal M. Bundrick for MainStreet