New Jersey ranks 12th among the states for the lowest prevalence of diabetes in 2016-2017. In fact, its 9.9 percent rate represents an improvement over the 2008-2009 rate (10.1 percent).
Unfortunately, the overall diabetes rate among adults in the United States is growing, up from 10.8 percent in 2008-2009 to 11.5 percent in 2016-2017. That means 1.7 million more Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes than would have been the case if the 2008-2009 rate had been maintained.
The data, from the Gallup-Sharecare State of American Well-Being series, show Alaska (8.4 percent) leading the way among states with a low prevalence of diabetes, followed by Colorado (8.6 percent), Montana (8.7 percent), New Hampshire (8.8 percent), and Utah (8.9 percent). At the other end of the spectrum, the states with the highest prevalence were West Virginia (17.9 percent), South Carolina (15.1 percent), Mississippi (14.8 percent), Kentucky (14.4 percent), and Louisiana (14.4 percent).