You may be asking questions that cannot be answered using County Health Rankings data alone. This may mean finding additional data sources or using the same data sources to answer other questions.
The state and national data sources listed below provide at least county-level data, summaries, or reports; some query systems may provide additional levels of geographic detail including Census tract, zip code, or other administrative areas.
State-Specific Data Sources
500 Cities Project is an interactive web application that provides city- and neighborhood-level health estimates for the 500 largest U.S. cities. Each city or neighborhood profile includes information on unhealthy behaviors, health outcomes and prevention practices, allowing communities to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related variables in their jurisdictions, and assist them in planning public health interventions.
The City Health Dashboard aims to equip cities with a one-stop resource for comprehensive, reliable data to help them build healthier and more equitable communities. It offers data on 37 measures for the 500 largest U.S. cities - those with populations of about 66,000 or more – representing approximately one-third of the U.S. population.
Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities’ movement. Registered users have FREE access to searchable profiles of hundreds of place-based community initiatives and data sources broken down by race, income congressional district, and census tracts for specific measures.
The National Equity Atlas provides data on demographic change, racial inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity for the 100 largest cities, 150 largest regions, all 50 states, and the United States.
The United States Small-Area Life Expectancy Project (USALEEP) is the first public health outcome measure available nationwide at the census tract level—measuring life expectancy at birth for nearly every neighborhood in the country.
The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) has compiled an extensive list of resources and tools relevant to exploring health in smaller geographic areas of the nation. Many of the data sources used in the County Health Rankings can be found here, as well as a plethora of others.
Visualizing data using maps can be an appealing and informative way to uncover regional/geographic patterns and convey information to others. These resources have mapped data available for download:
- Map the Meal Gap – Provides food insecurity, SNAP, poverty, and food cost data.
- ESRI Story maps – Has a search tool to find data on doctors’ offices, obesity, diabetes, poverty, traffic injury data, and more.
- Interactive Map of Health Disease and Stroke – Contains maps of heart disease, stroke, social environmental conditions, and health services.
- US Health Map – Maps measures of life expectancy, poverty, and obesity-related data.
- Measure of America – Maps measures of health, education and income.
- Opportunity Index – Provides a snapshot of what opportunity looks like at the state and county levels.
- Health Map – Provides data on disease outbreak monitoring and real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats
- Chronic Disease GIS Exchange – the Map Gallery is a forum for sharing specific examples, ideas and techniques for using GIS to document geographic disparities, inform policy and program development, and build partnerships
- Why Not The BEST? - Compare hospital and provider data by state/HRR/county or hospital system