10 Key Statistics for Managing Population Health

Managing population health? 10 statistics you should know.

Here are 10 statistics on the health status of the U.S. population, according to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics' report "Health, United States, 2012."Note: Statistics below represent data from 2009-2011, reported by the CDC in 2012.

While each market across the country has its own unique demographics and health status, the following statistics can serve as a guideline for understanding the relative health of the nation.

1. Percent of population with fair or poor health:

  • All ages — 10.4 percent
  • 65 years and older — 24.7 percent

2. Percent of population with heart disease:

  • 18 years and over — 11.6 percent
  • 65 years and over — 30.5 percent

3. Percent of population with cancer:

  • 18 years and over — 6.3 percent
  • 65 years and over — 18.5 percent

4. Percent of population with hypertension:

  • 20 years and over — 31.9 percent

5. Percent of population with high cholesterol:

  • 20 years and over — 13.6 percent

6. Percent of population categorized as obese:

  • 20 years and over — 35.9 percent

7. Percent of population who smoke cigarettes:

  • 18 years and over —19 percent

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