Californians spend more in federal taxes than they receive back in services. And the same can be said for health care.

According to an analysis by personal finance site WalletHub, California barely makes the top 20 (No. 19) among states when it comes to “return on investment” (ROI) for health care costs.

But fear not, our fellow Golden State citizens. We hardly need the help anyway:


California ranked No. 1 when it came to the lowest death rate in America, WalletHub said.

The state doesn't have the highest life expectancy, though: At about 80.8 years, it is one of the highest life-expectancy rates in the United States. But life expectancy wasn't the only metric analyzed here.

According to the site:

 … We assessed quality based on observed death rates on the following age groups: less than 1 year old, 1 to 4 years old, 5 to 14, 15 to 24, 25 to 34, 35 to 44, 45 to 54, 55 to 64, 65 to 74, 75 to 84, and 85 and older. All age groups were weighted equally. 

And we aced it.


Unfortunately, California did not do well in health care costs. Like everything else in the Golden State, seeing the doc will set you back more than it would in the rest of the nation. We came in 33rd place on that metric.

For overall health, we ranked 22nd. According to WalletHub, that category measures “metrics that range from smoking and obesity to sedentary lifestyle and diabetes.”

We work hard. We party hard. We die hard. Long live California.

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