D. State Health Profiles

State Health Report Cards

General Population/Health Data

  • State Health Facts Online (Kaiser Family Foundation)
    Site includes downloadable tables that contain data for all states. Provides individual state profiles which compare each state to U.S. totals on

    • Demographics and the Economy: data items available include population; people in poverty; median family income; geography; employment status; and unemployment.
    • Health Status: Data items available include births; infants; childhood immunizations; deaths; heart disease; cancer; stroke; diabetes; deaths due to firearms; smoking; obesity; and mental health.
    • Health Coverage & Uninsured: Data items available include insurance status; nonelderly uninsured; nonelderly with employer coverage; nonelderly with Medicaid; and private sector coverage.
    • Medicaid and CHIP: Data items available include Medicaid enrollment; Medicaid and CHIP eligibility; Medicaid eligibility; Medicaid managed care; Medicaid spending; Section 1115 demonstrations; births financed by Medicaid; enrollment practices for children; CHIP; and other related data.
    • Medicare: Data items available include beneficiaries; aged SSI population; Medicare coverage by demographics; supplemental coverage by region; dual eligibles; managed care; service use; Medicare access to services; Medicare spending; and Pharmaceutical Assistance Program.
    • Health Costs & Budgets: Data items available include personal health care expenditures; prescription drugs; employment-based health premiums; hospital expenses; state budgets; taxes and federal benefits; and tobacco settlement funds.
    • Managed Care & Health Insurance: Data items available include HMOs, patients’ rights requirements; state mandated insurance benefits; and state continuation coverage.
    • Providers & Service Use: Data items available include hospitals; physicians; non-physician providers; health care employment; federally qualified health centers; and rural health clinics.
    • Women’s Health: Data items available include Medicaid Family Planning Waiver; abortion policy; mandated benefits: private insurers; state mandated insurance benefits; and other related data.
    • Minority Health: Data items available include population; minority nonfederal physicians; medical school graduates; and other related data.
    • HIV/AIDS: Data items available include cumulative AIDS cases; new AIDS cases; annual AIDS case rate; persons living with AIDS; AIDS deaths; number of reported HIV infections (cases); state HIV/AIDS policies; sex education; sex ed and minors’ right to consent; and Ryan White.
  • AARP Public Policy Institute: State Profiles 2003
    Easily the most comprehensive and usable compilation of state health data, exceptionally well-organized and documented.  Each state has a 4-page profile which includes information on a) demographics; b) health status; c) utilization of services; d) health care coverage; e) managed care; f) health care resources; g) expenditures and financing; and h) health systems change (i.e., regulation).  Each profile provides a state vs. U.S. comparison; tables in the back provide complete data and rankings on all states (alphabetically listed) for each data series. This series extends back at least a decade. Free! Public Policy Institute, AARP, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049.  (202) 434-3890.
  • HRSA State Profiles (Health Resources and Services Administration)
    Each six-page State Profile features: a) an overview of funds granted within a state; b) selected demographic data; c) health status and health care access indicators; d) health care provider resources. All profiles available on-line for 1997, 1998 and 1999.
  • HRSA State Health Workforce Profiles (December 2000)
    Each state report is ~100 pages and includes information on a) characteristics of the population; b) health status indicators; c) health care infrastructure; d) health services employment by place of work; and f) detailed breakdowns ofhealth professions by type (8 categories ranging from MDs to allied health and 22 separate classifications ranging from registered nurses to home health aides). Free! Public Policy Institute, AARP, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049.  (202) 434-3890.
  • Urban Institute: State-Level Databook on Health Care Access and Financing 3rd Edition
    Provides a wide array of useful data on health insurance coverage, health Status, and state demographic information with up-to-date statistics.  Includes downloadable tables and an opportunity to order the manual online or over the phone.
  • Health United States (National Center for Health Statistics: annual)
    This is the single largest compilation of national health statistics produced annually in the U.S.  The site includes downloadable or viewable tables for 1996-02 (including Injury Prevention chartbook), 1995 (including Women’s Health chartbook), 1994, and 1993 providing key trends and statistics including state-level data on a) fertility and natality; b) mortality; c) morbidity; d) determinants and measures of health (including health behaviors); e) utilization of health resources; f) health care resources; g) health care expenditures; h) health care coverage (including federal programs); and i) state health expenditures.
  • Demographic Profiles: Census 2000 (Bureau of the Census)
    Includes downloadable tables (Excel or pdf) by state: a) population by sex and age; b) median age; c) population by race; c) Hispanic/Latino by race; d) family relationships; e) households/families (including average household and family size); f) housing tenure.
  • U.S. Statistical Abstract (Bureau of the Census)
    Includes downloadable tables from 1995-2000 versions (selected copyrighted tables cannot be downloaded) and ordering information for print and CD-ROM versions.
  • USA Counties 1998 (Oregon State University)
    Site provides state from a number of sources including Census. BLS, BEA; some series are for as much as 10 consecutive years.  User has full control over selection of numerous variables including a) demographic characteristics; b) household/family characteristics; c) labor force/employment characteristics; and d) housing characteristics.  Can create individual county profiles containing numerous variables or single-variable area comparisons that list data (or create maps) for all counties in a state (by rank if desired).  Data can be imported into spreadsheets.
  • U.S. Census, City and County Data Book (University of Virginia)
    Site provides state data from 1988 and 1994 Data Books.  User has full control over selection of numerous variables from Data Books, including a) demographic characteristics; b) household/family characteristics; c) labor force/employment characteristics; and d) housing characteristics.


Total Population/Historical Trends

Population Projections

Demographics | Age

Demographics | Race/Ethnicity


Economic Characteristics

Health Status | Mortality

  • Motor Vehicle Deaths: National Safety Council (annual)

Health Status | Morbidity


One Response to “D. State Health Profiles”

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    The information presented is top notch. I’ve been doing some research on the topic and this post answered several questions.

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