States with the Highest Type 2 Diabetes Rates

Mississippi has the highest rate of diabetes at 14.7 percent. Ten of the 12 states with the highest type 2 diabetes rates are in the South. Nationwide, diabetes rates have nearly doubled in the past 20 years — from 5.5 percent (1994) to 9.3 percent in 2012. More than 29 million American adults have diabetes and another 86 million have prediabetes. The CDC projects that one-in-three adults could have diabetes by 2050. More than one-quarter of seniors (ages 65 and older) have diabetes (25.9 percent or 11 million seniors). Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for around $245 billion in medical costs and lost productivity each year.

Top 10 Highest Rates of Type 2 Diabetes (2015)

RankStateDiabetes Rate
1YMississippi14.7% ±1.2
2wWest Virginia14.5% ±1.0
3BAlabama13.5% ±0.9
4QKentucky13.4% ±1.1
5RLouisiana12.7% ±1.1
5pTennessee12.7% ±1.1
7CArkansas12.6% ±1.3
8nSouth Carolina11.8% ±0.7
9jOklahoma11.7% ±0.9
10HDelaware11.5% ±1.2
10fNew Mexico11.5% ±1.1
10XMissouri11.5% ±0.9