The United States is the only industrialized country in the world without a universal healthcare system. As a result, most Americans under age 65 have employer-based health insurance coverage. Under this system, an estimated 28.9 million Americans under the age of 65 were uninsured in 2019 – before the COVID-19 pandemic put more than 22 million Americans out of work.
Although most of those jobs have since been restored, the official uninsured rate for Americans under 65 in 2020 will likely be higher than the rate of 10.3% in 2019 – a continuation of the three-year trend of declines. of insurance coverage that began in 2017. , there are areas of the country where nearly all Americans under age 65 are insured, either through their employer, Medicaid, or purchased coverage directly.
Using data from the US Census Bureau, 24/7 Tempo identified the city in each state with the best health insurance coverage. We included cities, towns, villages, and unincorporated communities with populations between 1,000 and 25,000 in our analysis.
The highest uninsured rate among the cities on this list is just 5.2%, about half the comparable national rate. In more than a dozen cities on this list, the uninsured rate is effectively zero.
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