How States, Cities Compare on Rates of Health Uninsured

October 10, 2019

With the national rate of Americans lacking health insurance on the rise again, the personal finance website WalletHub released a report on uninsured rates by city and by state.

The national uninsured rate rose in 2018 to 8.5% from 7.9% the previous year, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Using U.S. Census Bureau data, WalletHub compared the rates for 548 U.S. cities and the 50 states, and completed a breakdown by age, race/ethnicity and income level. The following are some highlights from the city and state reports:

States with Lowest Uninsured Rates States with Highest Uninsured Rates
1 Massachusetts (2.77%) 41 Arizona (10.62%)
2 Vermont (4.03%) 42 North Carolina (10.72%)
3 Hawaii (4.08%) 43 Idaho (11.11%)
4 Rhode Island (4.08%) 44 Nevada (11.21%)
5 Minnesota (4.40%) 45 Mississippi (12.13%)
6 Iowa (4.72%) 46 Alaska (12.64%)
7 Connecticut (5.30%) 47 Florida (13.00%)
8 New York (5.39%) 48 Georgia (13.65%)
9 Michigan (5.41%) 49 Oklahoma (14.20%)
10 Wisconsin (5.46%) 50 Texas (17.71%)
Cities with Lowest Uninsured Rates Cities with Highest Uninsured Rates
1 Newton, MA (0.419%) 539 Dallas, TX (24.416%)
2 San Ramon, CA (0.565%) 540 Pasadena, TX (24.651%)
3 Fishers, IN (1.472%) 541 Passaic, NJ (24.954%)
4 Highlands Ranch, CO (1.495%) 542 Garland, TX (25.118%)
5 Folsom, CA (1.664%) 543 Pompano Beach, FL (25.968%)
6 Pleasanton, CA (1.735%) 544 McAllen, TX (26.817%)
7 Redondo Beach, CA (1.879%) 545 Union City, NJ (27.559%)
8 Union City, CA (1.976%) 546 Laredo, TX (29.112%)
9 Rochester Hills, MI (1.979%) 547 Brownsville, TX (33.628%)
10 Carmel, IN (2.125%) 548 Pharr, TX (35.708%)

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Latest Comments

  • October 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm
    Craig Cornell says:
    Sounds great. How many of those uninsured would be covered by taxpayers in say, California, where the taxpayers suckered in for the Obamacare expanded Medicaid trick? And how ... read more
  • October 11, 2019 at 4:02 pm
    Fair Playing Field says:
    Also from the Dallas News article, "Texas has led the nation in having the largest uninsured population in the country for about two decades". I don't think "free" healthcare ... read more
  • October 11, 2019 at 11:12 am
    Craig Cornell says:
    Well, golly Gomer, that sounds so sensible. Unless you actually know the facts. Obamacare has a declining rate of reimbursement for States that agreed to expand Medicaid to pe... read more

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