CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – All six New England states score high on the latest ranking of the healthiest states.

For the second year, Vermont is No. 1. New Hampshire ranks third and Massachusetts is sixth in rankings by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention.

Connecticut ranked seventh, followed by Maine at ninth and Rhode Island at eleventh.

The report says Maine’s strengths include a low crime rate, a low incidence of infectious disease, a low rate of uninsured population and ready access to primary care. It says the state’s challenges include a high rate of cancer deaths and low immunization coverage of children.

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