Dig Deeper

Understanding the differences for subgroups in health outcomes and factors by demographics or geography can inform community efforts to target resources where they are most needed and improve the health of the community as a whole.

Differences Among Population Groups
Differences by Locale/Neighborhood
  • Does this measure differ across age groups?
  • How does this measure vary among racial or ethnic groups?
  • How does this measure vary across groups with different socioeconomic characteristics?
  • Are there specific ZIP codes, neighborhoods, or school districts where the measure indicates a localized problem or opportunity?

Although these differences are not all captured in County Health Rankings data, health factor and health outcome differences for some measures by race/ethnicity are now available for states and counties. State data is found in the state reports, and county data can be found within the snapshot . County data by race is available for Black, Hispanic and White populations within counties for the following measures:

  • Premature Death
  • Low Birthweight
  • Preventable Hospital Stays
  • Mammography Screening
  • Flu Vaccinations
  • Children in Poverty
  • Severe Housing Problems
  • Driving Alone to Work
  • Infant Mortality
  • Child Mortality
  • Premature Age-adjusted Mortality
  • Life Expectancy
  • Median Household Income

However, more detailed data for subgroups and for many other measures of health may exist at the state, county, and even city level. The pdf below offers an assessment of the availability of subgroup data for specific demographic groups or for geographic areas smaller than counties for ranked and additional measures. In the digging deeper section of each measure description, you can find more specific information about how to access subgroup data, and what limitations you might encounter as you access subgroup data.

Click here for an assessment of what subgroup data is available for all Rankings measures
Click here for to access measure descriptions (and digging deeper information)for all Rankings measures