Despite our population density and economic troubles, New Jerseyans rank slightly below average when it comes to high blood pressure, compared with the rest of the country. Some 28.1 percent of adults in New Jersey say they’ve been told they have high blood pressure, just a bit less than the nationwide average of 28.7 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There seems to be little correlation between climate or population density when it comes to high blood pressure. The states with the lowest rates of hypertension include Minnesota (21.6 percent), Colorado (22.4), Utah (23.1), California (25.7) and Massachusetts (25.7). Southern states show some of the highest rates of hypertension: Virginia (37.6 percent), Louisiana (37.5), Alabama (37.2), Mississippi (37.4) and Kentucky (36.4).