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  • Current interest

June 2016
Health Behaviors and Academic Risk: Examining the Healthy Youth Survey in King County Students
About 1 in 5 King County middle and high school youth are at risk of failing academically; students with multiple health-risk behaviors are at higher risk.

December 2015
Marijuana use in King County
Just over 15% of King County public school teens taking the WA Healthy Youth Survey reported using marijuana or hashish in the past 30 days in 2014.

October 2015
Affordable Care Act Enrollment in King County: Early General Population Impacts
First findings on Affordable Care Act impacts on uninsurance and health indicators for the general King County population. Technical appendix also available.

  • Reports and publications by category

September 2012
Youth Consumption of Sugary Drinks in King County

The consumption of sugary drinks has been linked to risks for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and hypertension. Because one in five youth in King County is overweight or obese, reducing the amount of sugary drinks young people consume is a key strategy for improving health.


March 2012
Youth Obesity in King County

Obesity is a national problem that has significant costs to the health care system and society as a whole. The direct medical cost of obesity in adults is about $500 million in King County annually. In King County, whether our children are likely to be overweight or obese differs by gender, race/ethnicity, and where children live.

March 2002
Overweight and Obesity in King County
The percentage of King County residents who are overweight or obese has risen rapidly over the last 15 years. By 2001, one in every two King County adults were either overweight or obese.


April 2007
Diabetes in King County

The number of people in King County with diabetes doubled in the past decade. Such a rapid increase in the occurrence of a chronic illness is very rare. Diabetes now affects 84,000 adults in King County or 5.8% of the adult population.

November 1999
Diabetes in King County

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which insulin deficiency and/or resistance to insulin action leads to a high level of sugar in the blood. The prevalence of diabetes has been increasing, especially in minority populations.


November 2005
Asthma in King County
The impact of asthma has increased markedly over the past two decades, making it a leading public health issue. It is the most common chronic childhood illness and accounts for large numbers of missed school and work days for children and their caregivers.

February 1998
Childhood Asthma Hospitalizations, King County, 1987-1996

Over the previous 10 years, childhood hospitalizations for asthma have been increasing in King County, even as the rate of all other childhood hospitalizations have decreased.


January 2001
Cancer on Vashon-Maury Island
This report is a follow-up to a July, 2000 report on arsenic, cadmium and lead contamination of soils on Vashon-Maury Island (VMI) and the nearby areas of the mainland. It is a review of available cancer incidence (defined as new cases) and mortality (deaths) data for types of cancer that have been related to arsenic exposure.


  • 2009-2011
    Uninsured adults (ages-18-64) by King County city, 2009-2011

  • 1995-2004
    The Uninsured in King County
    This report describes the lack of health insurance in King County for the last 10 years of available data (1995-2004). The increasing burden falls on the entire safety net, with community health centers, public health centers and hospitals trying to cope with the health care costs of clients who are uninsured or underinsured.

  • 1991-1998
    The Uninsured in King County
    In King County, disparities in insurance coverage exist by income, race and age. Lower-income adults (in households earning less than $25,000/year) are 10 times more likely to lack coverage than those with higher incomes ($50,000 or more per year), with trend data indicating that disparities in insurance coverage have increased since 1991.
  • 2013-2014
    City & County Response to Marijuana Legalization in Washington

    An analysis of WA state county and city policy responses to legalization of recreational marijuana and medical marijuana, including zoning, youth buffer zones, public use.

  • Marijuana use in King County
    Just over 15% of King County public school teens taking the WA Healthy Youth Survey reported using marijuana or hashish in the past 30 days in 2014.

  • May 2012
    Tobacco Use in King County

    King County has the most extreme smoking inequities of the 15 largest metropolitan counties in the U.S., despite having an overall smoking rate that is among the lowest in the country.