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How “healthy” is San Diego compared to the rest of California?

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) – A new report showed that San Diego residents may be healthier than residents of other counties in the state and across the country.

insights County health rankings and roadmaps stated that San Diego County is as healthy as other places in California, if not better, and overall healthier than the average county in the United States

Measurements for the study were calculated based on various factors such as health behaviors, health insurance and available clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.

Data from 2016 to 2022 showed that 97% of people living in the county had adequate access to a park or recreational facility for physical activity, compared to 94% of people in California and 84% nationwide.

San Diego also experienced lower teen birth rates than other counties across the state and the United States. From 2016 to 2022, data showed there were 10 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19 in the county, compared to 13 births per 1,000 teens statewide and 17 per 1,000 teens in the United States.

Access to health care also appeared to be better in San Diego when looking at statewide and statewide numbers. According to the report, only 7% of people under 65 had no health insurance, while 8% of Californians and 10% of Americans were uninsured.

San Diego County reported a higher ratio of doctors, dentists and mental health providers to residents than the rest of the state and country. Hospitalizations were also lower in San Diego, at 1,965 hospitalizations per 100,000 Medicare enrollees, compared to more than 2,000 hospitalizations per 100,000 across California and the United States

The county performed better than other California counties and the rest of the country in terms of higher education, low unemployment and child poverty – all social and economic factors that are believed to impact overall health.

Areas where San Diego County could see further improvement include air pollution, mammography screenings, excessive alcohol consumption and sexually transmitted infections.

The health outcomes map shows how long people live in a community on average. (County Health Rankings and Roadmaps).

In San Diego, air pollution averaged 13.8 micrograms per cubic meter annually, compared to 7.1 micrograms statewide and 7.4 micrograms nationwide, according to 2019 data.

The latest data from 2021 showed there were 552 new cases of chlamydia per 100,000 residents in the county. In comparison, there are 488 in California and 495 in the USA

San Diego also reported that 21% of adults reported binge drinking or heavy drinking, compared to 17% statewide and 18% nationwide.

The number of women ages 65 to 74 who received annual screening mammography was lower in San Diego (35%) than in California (36%) and the U.S. overall (43%).

According to the report, there is a connection between civic participation and health. The healthiest counties have good civic infrastructure that includes better access to information and resources, giving residents more opportunities to improve their health and reduce barriers to health, the report says.

You will find the The entire San Diego County health data report can be found here.

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