Constituent Health Status


Diabetes-Highest RatesDiabetes-Lowest RatesObesity-Highest RatesObesity-Lowest Rates
Greene County, ALBoulder County, CODallas County, ALBoulder County, CO
Holmes County, MSGallatin County, MTGreene County, ALRoutt County, CO
Jefferson County, MSLos Alamos County, NMHolmes County, MSSanta Fe County, NM
Lowndes County, ALSanta Fe County, NMHumphreys County, MSSummit County, CO
Perry County, ALSummit County, UTJefferson County, MSSummit County, UT
  • A 2008 CDC study of state-specific incidence of diabetes among adults shows that the number of cases of diabetes has been highest in the South (approximately 11 per 1,000 people). The U.S. Census regions in the Northeast (8-9 per 1,000) and Midwest (7-8 per 1,000) follow close behind.

  • The ten states in the highest quartile included: Arizona, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

  • During the 2005-2007 periods, the states with the highest number of yearly new cases of diabetes were California (approximately 208,000 annually), Texas (156,000), and Florida (139,000).

  • County-level estimates of age-adjusted rates of obesity range from 12.4% to 43.7%, according to CDC data.  The counties on the high and low ends of estimated diagnosed diabetes and obesity rates are:

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Data from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet show

  • 11.3 percent of U.S. adults aged 20-65 years have diabetes. 26.9 percent of adults age 65 or older have diabetes.

  • 11.8 percent of men, compared to 10.8 percent of women have diabetes.

  • Compared to non-Hispanic white adults (10.2 percent of those aged 20 years of age or older), the risk of being diagnosed with diabetes was 18 percent higher among Asian Americans, 66 percent higher among Hispanics, and 77percent higher among non-Hispanic blacks. Pre-diabetes is also growing. In 2005-2008, 35 percent of people 20 and older have pre-diabetes while 50 percent of adults 65 and older have pre-diabetes. 



The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Promotion’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) tracks the following health risk behaviors by state: 

          Overweight and Obesity (BMI)
          Healthcare Access/Coverage
          Fruits and Vegetables
          Physical Activity
          Cholesterol Awareness
          Heavy Alcohol Consumption
          Tobacco Use



Obesity increases the risk of getting diabetes. Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, has a number of obesity facts divided by state:

Adult and Childhood Obesity Rates by State
2007 Obesity Rates, Percentage of Children age 10-17 by State
2009 Obesity Rates, Percent of High School Students

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also publishes obesity rates by state:

2010 State Obesity Rates, CDC



Trust for America's Health provides information on additional key health indicators by state including percentage uninsured, adult health indicators, and child and adolescent health indicators.  Click here for more information. 




The following data is taken from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Promotion. It houses the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), tracking health data and risk behaviors since 1984. The following indicate prevalence (total number of cases in a population) and trends for diabetes and related conditions:

  • Diabetes Data - Trends, Prevalence, and Incidence

2009 Diabetes Prevalence and Trends by State
BRFSS Diabetes Prevalence by City and County
CDC County Level Estimates of Diagnosed Diabetes - 2008
Diabetes Indicators in the United States

  • Heart Health Prevalence and Trends by State

2009 Angina & Coronary Heart Disease Prevalence
2009 Heart Attack Prevalence
2009 Hypertension
2009 Stroke Prevalence

  • CDC Interactive Database: Health Risks & Chronic Disease

CDC Interactive Database: Chronic Disease Indicators
CDC Interactive Database: Health Risk by State/ Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area



The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation created to provide up-to-date health data for all 50 states. The following statistics can be found related to diabetes:

2005 Adults with Diabetes by Age Group
2007 Diabetes Death Rate per 100,000
2007 Diabetes Death Rate by Race/ Ethnicity
2007 Diabetes Death by Gender