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Sunburns Up; Which State Is Worst?

Surveys Show the Percentage of Sunburned U.S. Adults Is on the Rise

Sunburns, State by State continued...

Here is that list for 2004, the most recent year for which state statistics are available. States with the same percentage are ranked together. Hawaii and Guam didn't report sunburn statistics in the 2004 survey.

  1. U.S. Virgin Islands: 50.1%
  2. Utah: 49.9%
  3. Minnesota: 48.7%
  4. Wisconsin: 48.6%
  5. Idaho: 48.5%
  6. Wyoming: 48.3%
  7. Vermont: 47.1%
  8. Nebraska: 46.9%
  9. North Dakota: 46.4%
  10. South Dakota: 46.1%
  11. Michigan: 45.6%
  12. Missouri: 45.2%
  13. Colorado: 45.1%
  14. Montana: 44.1%
  15. Maryland: 43.9%
  16. New Hampshire: 43.8%
  17. Iowa, Oregon, and Washington: 43.6%
  18. Ohio: 43.4%
  19. Indiana: 43.3%
  20. Connecticut: 43.1%
  21. Arkansas and Virginia: 42.9%
  22. Pennsylvania: 42.7%
  23. Maine and Massachusetts: 42.6%
  24. Arizona: 42.1%
  25. Illinois: 41.7%
  26. South Carolina: 41.6%
  27. Oklahoma: 41.5%
  28. Delaware and Kansas: 41.4%
  29. New Mexico: 41.3%
  30. Mississippi: 40.5%
  31. New Jersey and New York: 40.2%
  32. Washington, D.C.: 40.1%
  33. Alabama: 39.6%
  34. Georgia: 39.2%
  35. Rhode Island: 38.7%
  36. Nevada: 38.3%
  37. West Virginia: 38%
  38. Florida and Texas: 37.7%
  39. California: 34.8%
  40. Alaska: 34.1%
  41. Tennessee: 32.6%
  42. Louisiana: 30.5%
  43. North Carolina: 28.1%
  44. Kentucky: 27%
  45. Puerto Rico: 14.2%

The data don't show whether those people got sunburned in their home state or elsewhere, whether they got burned by the sun or in a tanning bed, or what (if any) sun protection they were using at the time.

The results appear in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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