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It was developed to provide a broad array of comprehensive, population-based data to hospitals, community-based organizations, community health centers, public agencies, policymakers and the general public. Community Health Indicators were conceived as a follow-up to the 2002 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of the Public’s Health in the 21st Century, which emphasizes relying on data about the entire community to look at multiple determinants of health.

We encourage you to also visit the archived King County Aims High website, which includes not only health data, but other indicators across all King County agencies. Aims High was part of an effort to increase transparency and accountability in county government.


Each indicator presents tables, charts, and maps on King County trends and demographics, data for King County Health Reporting Areas and comparisons to U.S., State of Washington and the Healthy People 2020 Indicator, if available.

The complete range of this data is not available for every measure.

To access past data prior to 2014, visit our mirror page on archive.org

King County Hospital for a Healthier Community

King County Hospitals for a Healthier Community (HHC) is a collaborative of 12 hospitals and health systems in King County and Public Health – Seattle & King County. HHC members have joined forces to identify the most important health needs and assets in the communities they serve. As part of this effort, the KC HHC has supported the expansion of community health indicators.

Indicator and domain
Latest available data
Year
Adult unemployment The King County unemployment rate for adults 16+ years was 5.1% .
2014
Description of the community
Domain: Individual characteristics
--
2014
Adolescent without adult connection (school-age)
Domain: Social/economic characteristics
25% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Educational attainment (adults):
No high school diploma
Domain: Social/economic characteristics

7.7% of the King County population age 25 and older

2014
Educational attainment (adults):
No Bachelor's degree
Domain: Social/economic characteristics

51.4% of the King County population age 25 and older did not have a Bachelor's
degree or higher education.

2014
Foreign born
Domain: Social/economic characteristics
21.2% of the King County population, including about 441,000 persons
2014
Free/reduced price lunch
Domain: Social/economic characteristics
36% of students
2013-2014 school year
High housing cost burden (>30% income)
Domain: Social/economic characteristics
44.8% of rentors and 31.3% of owners with a mortgage
2014
Languages spoken/limited English proficiency
Domain: Social/economic characteristics
26.4% of King County residents ages 5 and older speak a language other than English at home
2013
Median household income
Domain: Social/economic characteristics
Half of all households have a household income below the median household income and half of all households have a household income above the median household income.
2014
Near poverty
Domain: Social/economic characteristics
24.2 percent of King County residents, approximately 496,000 people
2014
On-time graduation rate (high school)
Domain: Social/economic characteristics
78% of students
2012-2013 school year
Poverty
Domain: Social/economic characteristics
11.2% of King County residents, approximately 226,000 people.
2014
Indicator and domain
Latest available data
Year
Life expectancy
Domain: Overall measures of mortality
81.7 years
2012
Years of health life
Domain: Overall measures of mortality
72.4
2008-2012
Years of potential life lost at 85
Domain: Overall measures of mortality
7753 years
2011
Top 10 leading causes of death
Domain: Leading causes of death
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2015
Cancer deaths
Domain: 10 leading causes of death
143.9 deaths per 100,000, including 2924 deaths
2014
Heart disease deaths
Domain: 10 leading causes of death
125.5 deaths per 100,000, including 2563 deaths
2014
Alzheimer's disease deaths
Domain: 10 leading causes of death
44 deaths per 100,000, including 886 deaths
2014
Stroke deaths
Domain: 10 leading causes of death
30.4 deaths per 100,000, including 615 deaths
2014
Unintentional injury deaths
Domain: 10 leading causes of death
33.5 deaths per 100,000, including 704 deaths
2014
Chronic lower respiratory disease deaths
Domain: 10 leading causes of death
27.5 deaths per 100,000, including 540 deaths
2014
Diabetes deaths
Domain: 10 leading causes of death
19.4 deaths per 100,000, including 396 deaths
2014
Suicide
Domain: 10 leading causes of death
12.4 deaths per 100,000, including 266 deaths
2014
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis deaths
Domain: 10 leading causes of death
9.1 deaths per 100,000, including 204 deaths
2014
Influenza/pneumonia deaths
Domain: 10 leading causes of death
8.9 deaths per 100,000, including 182 deaths
2014
Indicator and domain
Latest available data
Year
Top 10 causes of hospitalizations
Domain: Chronic disease
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2014
Activity limitation (adults)
Domain: Chronic disease
21% or about 321,300 King County adults age 18+
2014
Fair or poor health (adults)
Domain: Chronic disease
12% or about 188,300 King County adults age 18+
2014
Asthma prevalence (adults)
Domain: Chronic disease
8% or about 122,600 King County adults age 18+
2014
Asthma hospitalizations (adults)
Domain: Chronic disease
34.3 hospitalizations per 100,000, including 549 admissions
2014
Asthma prevalence (children)
Domain: Chronic disease
5% of children age 0-17`
2013
Asthma hospitalizations (children)
Domain: Chronic disease
123.2 hospitalizations per 100,000, including 529 admissions
2014
Hypertension
Domain: Chronic disease
26% or about 400,700 King County adults age 18+
2013
High blood cholesterol
Domain: Chronic disease
41% or about 379,600 King County adults [about 218,600 men (42%) and about 161,000 women (40%)]
2013
Heart attack prevalence
Domain: Chronic disease
4% or about 65,300 King County adults age 18+
2014
Coronary heart disease prevalence
Domain: Chronic disease
3% or about 40,400 King County adults age 18+
2014
Stroke prevalence
Domain: Chronic disease
3% or about 40,000 King County adults age 18+
2014
Chronic respiratory disease (adults)
Domain: Chronic disease
3% or about 53,500 King County adults age 18+
2014
Arthritis prevalence
Domain: Chronic disease
20% or about 310,900 King County adults age 18+
2014
Diabetes prevalence (adults)
Domain: Chronic disease
7% or about 110,200 King County adults age 18+
2014
Diabetes prevalence (school-age)
Domain: Chronic disease
3% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Diabetes-related hospitalizations
Domain: Chronic disease
931.3 hospitalizations per 100,000, including 19,523 admissions
2014
Diabetes-related deaths
Domain: Chronic disease
63.3 deaths per 100,000, including 1268 deaths
2014
Breast cancer deaths
Domain: Chronic disease
19.8 deaths per 100,000 females, including 225 deaths
2014
Breast cancer incidence
Domain: Chronic disease
190.1 cases per 100,000 women
2011
Cervical cancer incidence
Domain: Chronic disease
6.0 cases per 100,000 women
2011
Colorectal cancer deaths
Domain: Chronic disease
11.5 deaths per 100,000, including 231 deaths
2014
Colorectal cancer incidence
Domain: Chronic disease
35.6 cases per 100,000 population
2011
HIV/AIDS prevalence
Domain: Chronic disease
326.9 cases per 100,000 population
2013
HIV/AIDS deaths
Domain: Chronic disease
1.6 deaths per 100,000, including 36 deaths
2014
Tuberculosis incidence
Domain: Chronic disease
coming soon
2010
Indicator and domain
Latest available data
Year
Map of assets in the community
Domain: Access to care
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2014
Uninsured children
Domain: Access to care
1.6% of King County's children aged 0-17 do not have health insurance
2015
Uninsured (adults 18-64)
Domain: Access to care
16.4% of King County adults age 18-64
2012
Uninsured adults potentially eligible for insurance
Domain: Access to care
38% of adults with income <138% of FPL
2012
Adults without a usual primary care provider
Domain: Access to care
28% or about 421,900 King County adults age 18+

2014

Unmet health care needs due to cost (adults)
Domain: Access to care
12% or about 184,500 King County adults age 18+.
2014
Adolescent wellness checkup
Domain: Access to care
68% of adolescents age 12-21
2012
Ratio of patient review and coordination (PRC) visits to emergency dept. visits
Domain: Access to care
0.25
2014
Percentage of patient review and coordination (PRC) patients with no care plan
Domain: Access to care
11% of PRC patients
2014
Dental checkup in last year (adults)
Domain: Oral health
30% or about 462,200 King County adults age 18+.
2014
Dental checkup in the last year (school-age)
Domain: Oral health
16% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades.
2014
Childhood cavities
Domain: Oral health
40% of screened children
2010
Colorectal cancer screening
Domain: Clinical preventive services
35% or about 193,600 King County adults age 50-75.
2014
Flu vaccination (6-23 months)
Domain: Clinical preventive services
74% of King County children ages 6-23 did not have a flu shot
2014
TDaP and meningococcal vaccination (13-15 years)
Domain: Clinical preventive services
39% had incomplete series
2014
TDaP, meningococcal, HPV vaccination (females 13-15 years)
Domain: Clinical preventive services
75% had incomplete series
2014
Childhood immunization series (19-35 months)
Domain: Clinical preventive services
38% had incomplete series
2014
Flu vaccination (adults 18-64)
Domain: Clinical preventive services
61% or about 821,700 King County adults age 18-64
2014
Flu vaccination (adults 65+)
Domain: Clinical preventive services
40% or about 98,800 King County adults age 65+.
2014
Pneumonia vaccination (adults 65+)
Domain: Clinical preventive services
31% or about 75,700 King County adults age 65+.
2014
Mammography recommendations
Domain: Clinical preventive services
22% or about 60,700 King County women age 50-74.
2014
Cervical cancer screening guidelines (Pap)
Domain: Clinical preventive services
18% or about 114,400 King County women age 21-65.
2014
Cholesterol screening guidelines (adults)
Domain: Clinical preventive services
13% or about 201,400 King County adults age 18+.
2013
Preventable hospitalizations (adults):
Preventable hospitalizations for acute conditions
Preventable hospitalizations for chronic conditions
Overall preventable hospitalizations
Preventable hospitalizations, detailed table
Domain: Preventable hospitalizations and emergency dept. use
689.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 population ages 18 and older
2012
Indicator and domain
Latest available data
Year
Average number of unhealthy days, physical and mental (adults)
Domain: General
2 days among King County adults age 18+
2014
Average number of unhealthy days, physical and mental (adults 65+)
Domain: General
2 days among King County adults age 65+
2014
Frequent mental distress (adults)
Domain: Mental health
10% or about 152,900 King County adults age 18+
2014
Serious psychological distress (adults)
Domain: Mental health
4% or about 60,500 King County adults age 18+
2014
Has depressive feelings (school-age)
Domain: Mental health
29% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Alcohol impaired driving fatalities
Domain: Substance abuse and chemical dependency
1.0 per 100,000 population
2013
Alcohol, marijuana, painkiller or any illicit drug use in the past 30 days (school-age)
Domain: Substance abuse and chemical dependency
25% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Alcohol-induced deaths
Domain: Substance abuse and chemical dependency
9.6 deaths per 100,000, including 216 deaths
2014
Binge drinking (adults)
Domain: Substance abuse and chemical dependency
20% or about 301,400 King County adults age 18+
2014
Binge drinking (school-age)
Domain: Substance abuse and chemical dependency
11% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Drug-induced deaths
Domain: Substance abuse and chemical dependency
14.1 deaths per 100,000, including 313 deaths
2014
Marijuana use (adults)
Domain: Substance abuse and chemical dependency
24% or about 373,500 King County adults age 18+
2014
Marijuana use (school-age)
Domain: Substance abuse and chemical dependency
16% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Households reading/telling stories to children
Domain: Well-being
69% of children aged birth to 5 years were read to or told stories every day
2011
Social support: Limited to none (adults)
Domain: Well-being
23% or about 350,700 King County adults age 18+
2013
No adult to turn to for help (school-age)
Domain: Well-being
25% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Indicator and domain
Latest available data
Year
Adolescent birth
Domain: Maternal and child health
6.3 per 1,000 females ages 15-17
2012
Adolescent pregnancy
Domain: Maternal and child health
11.9 per 1,000 females ages 15-17
2013
Breastfeeding initiation
Domain: Maternal and child health
96.7 per 100 births, including 24,237 newborns
2014
Early and adequate prenatal care
Domain: Maternal and child health
71.1% of births
2012
Infant mortality
Domain: Maternal and child health
4.1 per 1,000 live births
2012
Late or no prenatal care
Domain: Maternal and child health
4.6 per 100 births, including 1,087 newborns
2014
Low birthweight (all births)
Domain: Maternal and child health
6.8 per 100 births, including 1,727 newborns
2014
Low birthweight (singleton)
Domain: Maternal and child health
5.2 per 100 births, including 1,273 newborns
2014
Low-risk Cesarean delivery
Domain: Maternal and child health
25.9 per 100 births, including 2,532 newborns
2014
Preterm birth
Domain: Maternal and child health
8.8 per 100 births, including 2,231 newborns
2014
Smoking during pregnancy
Domain: Maternal and child health
3.8 per 100 births, including 953 newborns
2014
Very low birthweight (all births)
Domain: Maternal and child health
1.1 per 100 births, including 286 newborns
2014
Very low birthweight (singleton)
Domain: Maternal and child health
0.9 per 100 births, including 229 newborns
2014
Indicator and domain
Latest available data
Year
Days per year with good or moderate air quality
Domain: Environmental quality
362 days in 2012
2012
Commuting to work by active transportation methods (walk, bike, public transit)
Domain: Transportation
Among workers age 16+, 11% used public transportation and 6% walked or biked
2012
Households with firearms
Domain: Safety
24% of King County households
2013
Weapon carried to school in the past 30 days
Domain: Safety
5% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Not feeling safe at school
Domain: Safety
12% of King County youth attending public schools in the 6th,8th,10th and 12th
grades
2014
Indicator and domain
Latest available data
Year
Overweight but not Obese (adults)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
35% or about 536,700 King County adults age 18+
2014
Obese (adults)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
22% or about 335,400 King County adults age 18+
2014
Physical activity recommendation not met (adults)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
78% or about 1,190,800 King County adults age 18+
2013
Sedentariness (adults)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
15% or about 225,600 King County adults age 18+
2014
Daily fruit and vegetable consumption (adults)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
Fruit: 1.1 times daily Vegetable: 1.8 times daily
2013
Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption (adults)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
63% of King County adults 18+
2010, 2012 combined
Overweight but not Obese (school-age)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
12% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Obese (school-age)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
9% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Physical activity recommendation not met (school-age)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
78% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Five fruits and vegetables daily (school-age)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
75% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
No breakfast today (school-age)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
26% of King County youth attending public schools in the 6th,8th,10th and 12th
grades
2014
Excessive screen time
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
49% of King County youth attending public schools in the 6th,8th,10th and 12th
grades
2014
Physical activity recommendation not met, grade 6
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
71% of King County youth attending public schools in the 6th grade
2014
Daily school physical education (school-age)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
74% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Daily soda consumption (school-age)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
27% of King County youth attending public schools in the 6th,8th,10th and 12th
grades
2013
Daily soda or sugar-sweetened beverage consumption (school-age)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
17% of King County youth attending public schools in the 6th,8th,10th and 12th
grades
2014
Food insecurity
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
15% or about 227,700 King County adults age 18+
2013
Residents who use local trails and parks
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
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Access to farmers markets (external map)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
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Retail food environment index (map)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
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Supplemental nutrition assistance program stores and clients (map)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
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Healthy and unhealthy foods and adult obesity (map)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
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Access to parks (map)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
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Food desert status (map)
Domain: Obesity, physical activity, nutrition
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Any tobacco use (school-age)
Domain: Tobacco
23% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades.
2012
Cigarette smoking (school-age)
Domain: Tobacco
6% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Current cigarette smoker (adults)
Domain: Tobacco
12% or about 187,900 King County adults age 18+
2014
E-cigarette use (school-age)
Domain: Tobacco
14% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Secondary smoke exposure at home (school-age)
Domain: Tobacco
20% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Smoke free parks, campuses, areas (map)
Domain: Tobacco
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2014
Smokeless tobacco user (adults)
Domain: Tobacco
2% or about 29,700 King County adults age 18+
2014
Indicator and domain
Latest available data
Year
Condom use (school-age)
Domain: Condom use
39% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Chlamydia (adolescent and young adult females)
Domain: Communicable disease
2,340 cases per 100,000 females
2013
Gonorrhea
Domain: Communicable disease
coming soon
HIV incidence
Domain: Communicable disease
12.9 cases per 100,000 population
2013
Indicator and domain
Latest available data
Year
Assault hospitalizations
Domain: Intentional
18.5 hospitalizations per 100,000, including 388 admissions
2014
Exposure to violence (school-age)
Domain: Intentional
15% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades
Firearms-related deaths
Domain: Intentional
7.5 deaths per 100,000, including 154 deaths
2014
Homicide
Domain: Intentional
2.8 deaths per 100,000, including 57 deaths
2014
Intimate partner violence (school-age)
Domain: Intentional
6% of King County youth attending public schools in the 8th,10th and 12th grades
2014
Suicide
Domain: Intentional
12.4 deaths per 100,000, including 266 deaths
2014
Suicide hospitalizations
Domain: Intentional
39.9 hospitalizations per 100,000, including 814 admissions
2014
Ever injured in fall (older adults)
Domain: Unintentional
12% or about 93,100 King County adults age 45+
2014
Fall deaths
Domain: Unintentional
10 deaths per 100,000, including 203 deaths
2014
Fall deaths (older adults)
Domain: Unintentional
69.1 deaths per 100,000, including 170 deaths
2014
Fall hospitalizations
Domain: Unintentional
288.9 hospitalizations per 100,000, including 5,834 admissions
2014
Motor vehicle deaths
Domain: Unintentional
5.6 deaths per 100,000, including 112 deaths
2014
Motor vehicle injury hospitalizations
Domain: Unintentional
37.8 hospitalizations per 100,000, including 795 admissions
2014
Poisoning deaths
Domain: Unintentional
12.3 deaths per 100,000, including 273 deaths
2014
Poisoning hospitalizations
Domain: Unintentional
36.1 hospitalizations per 100,000, including 777 admissions
2014
Unintentional injuries among children
Domain: Unintentional
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2008-2012
Unintentional injury deaths
Domain: Unintentional
33.5 deaths per 100,000, including 704 deaths
2014
Unintentional injury hospitalizations
Domain: Unintentional
509.5 hospitalizations per 100,000, including 10,471 admissions
2014

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