States with the Highest Type 2 Diabetes Rates

West Virginia has the highest rate of diabetes at 15 percent and all of the 10 states with the highest rates of type 2 diabetes are in the South. Nationwide, diabetes rates have nearly doubled in the past 20 years — from 5.5 percent in 1994 to 9.4 percent in 2015. According to the CDC, 30.3 million Americans have diabetes and another 84 million have prediabetes. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, costing $245 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity annually. The southern and Appalachian areas of the United States have the highest rates of diagnosed diabetes and of new cases.

Top 10 Highest Rates of Type 2 Diabetes (2016)

RankStateDiabetes Rate
1wWest Virginia15.0% ±0.9
2BAlabama14.6% ±1.0
3YMississippi13.6% ±1.1
4CArkansas13.5% ±1.4
5QKentucky13.1% ±0.9
6nSouth Carolina13.0% ±0.8
7pTennessee12.7% ±1.0
8JGeorgia12.1% ±1.0
8RLouisiana12.1% ±1.2
10jOklahoma12.0% ±0.9