2014 America's Brain Health Index

America's Brain Health Index, a state-by-state measure of the nation's brain health, evaluated the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia based on 21 factors including diet, physical health, mental health and social well-being. See how each state has progressed, held its own or lost ground in taking measures to improve brain health over the past three years.

America's Brain Health Index is part of a national health education campaign, Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential. The campaign is designed to empower Americans to develop and maintain healthy, beautiful minds.

Meet the 2014 Beautiful Minds

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  • Below AverageBelow

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National Rankings

The map displays rankings (Above, Average and Below) based on scores within selected categories. Note that the national average is 100*.

  • Select Diet, Physical Health, Mental Health and Social Well-being to view results by category

  • Select List View to see the complete rankings (1-51) of each state, plus the District of Columbia

State Rankings

Click on a state within the map or list view to display rankings, results and provide access to more detailed data.

  • The summary will show overall scores and break down the brain health strengths and challenges for each state

  • Selecting View Details will provide detailed findings for each state and comparison data from the previous Indexes

*America’s Brain Health Index Methodology: For each brain health indicator, data for all 51 geographies was compared to the national average, which was set at 100. Data points that were better than the national average indexed higher than 100, and data points that were poorer than the national average indexed lower than 100. After weighting the relative importance of each indicator to brain health, an overall Index score was calculated for each geography. Geographies were then ranked from first to 51st.
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