At-a-Glance Table

The At-a-Glance table provides a snapshot of key health indicators from Health, United States, 2018. These key health indicators cover the areas of mortality, morbidity, health risk factors, health care utilization and access, health care resources, and health care expenditures. Additional years of data are available by clicking on the corresponding Health, United States, 2018 table number in the At-a-Glance table. Data on additional health indicators from Health, United States, 2018 are available for download at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus/contents2018.htm.

Health, United States, 2018
2018 At a Glance Table 
2018 At-a-Glance Table
Value (year)
Health,
United States,
2018
Table
Life Expectancy and Mortality
Life expectancy, in years Table 4
    At birth 76.8 (2000) 78.7 (2016) 78.6 (2017)
Infant deaths per 1,000 live births Table 3
    All infants 6.9 (2000) 5.9 (2016) 5.8 (2017)
Deaths per 100,000 population1, age adjusted Table 5
   All causes 869.0 (2000) 728.8 (2016) 731.9 (2017)
   Heart disease 257.6 (2000) 165.5 (2016) 165.0 (2017)
   Cancer 199.6 (2000) 155.8 (2016) 152.5 (2017)
   Unintentional injuries 34.9 (2000) 47.4 (2016) 49.4 (2017)
   Chronic lower respiratory diseases 44.2 (2000) 40.6 (2016) 40.9 (2017)
   Stroke  60.9 (2000) 37.3 (2016) 37.6 (2017)
   Alzheimer’s disease 18.1 (2000) 30.3 (2016) 31.0 (2017)
   Diabetes 25.0 (2000) 21.0 (2016) 21.5 (2017)
   Influenza and pneumonia 23.7 (2000) 13.5 (2016) 14.3 (2017)
   Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis 13.5 (2000) 13.1 (2016) 13.0 (2017)
   Suicide 10.4 (2000) 13.5 (2016) 14.0 (2017)
Morbidity and Risk Factors
 Fair or poor health, percent Table 16
    All ages (years) 8.9 (2000) 9.9 (2016) 10.0 (2017)
    65 and over 26.9 (2000) 21.6 (2016) 21.7 (2017)
Heart disease (ever told), percent Table 13
    18 and over 10.9 (1999–2000) 11.6 (2014–2015) 11.5 (2016–2017)
    65 and over 29.6 (1999–2000) 29.2 (2014–2015) 28.1 (2016–2017)
Cancer (ever told), percent Table 13
    18 and over 4.9 (1999–2000) 6.5 (2014–2015) 7.1 (2016–2017)
    65 and over 15.2 (1999–2000) 18.4 (2014–2015) 19.3 (2016–2017)
 Diabetes2, percent Table 14
    20 and over 10.8 (1999–2002) 12.6 (2009–2012) 13.9 (2013–2016)
Hypertension3, percent Table 22
   20 and over 30.2 (1999–2002) 32.2 (2009–2012) 33.4 (2013–2016)
Hypercholesterolemia4, percent Table 23
   20 and over 25.0 (1999–2002) 29.5 (2009–2012) 29.4 (2013–2016)
Obesity, percent Table 26 and Table 27
  Obesity5, 20 and over 30.5 (1999–2002) 35.5 (2009–2012) 38.9 (2013–2016)
  Obesity (BMI at or above sex- and age-specific, 95th  percentile):
    2–5 years 10.3 (1999–2002) 10.2 (2009–2012) 11.6 (2013–2016)
   6–11 years 15.9 (1999–2002) 17.9 (2009–2012) 17.9 (2013–2016)
   12–19 years 16.0 (1999–2002) 19.4 (2009–2012) 20.6 (2013–2016)
Cigarette smoking, percent Table 17
  18 and over 23.2 (2000) 15.5 (2016) 14.0 (2017)
Aerobic activity and muscle strengthening6, met both guidelines, percent Table 25
  18 and over 15.1 (2000) 21.9 (2016) 23.5 (2017)
Health Care Utilization
No health care visit in past 12 months, percent Table 30
   Under 18  12.3 (2000) 8.3 (2016) 7.4 (2017)
   18–44  23.4 (2000) 22.0 (2016) 21.5 (2017)
   45–64  14.9 (2000) 12.8 (2016) 12.7 (2017)
   65 and over 7.4 (2000) 6.4 (2016) 5.6 (2017)
Emergency room visit in past 12 months, percent Table 35 and Table 36
   Under 18  20.3 (2000) 17.5 (2016) 16.9 (2017)
    18–44  20.5 (2000) 18.8 (2016) 17.9 (2017)
    45–64  17.6 (2000) 18.1 (2016) 17.8 (2017)
    65 and over 23.7 (2000) 23.3 (2016) 22.1 (2017)
Dental visit in past year, percent Table 37
    2–17 years 74.1 (2000) 84.6 (2016) 84.9 (2017)
    18–64  65.1 (2000) 64.4 (2016) 64.0 (2017)
    65 and over 56.6 (2000) 64.3 (2016) 65.6 (2017)
Prescription drug in past 30 days, percent Table 38
    Under 18 years 23.8 (1999–2002) 23.5 (2009–2012) 20.2 (2013–2016)
    18–44  35.9 (1999–2002) 38.1 (2009–2012) 35.9 (2013–2016)
    45–64  64.1 (1999–2002) 67.2 (2009–2012) 68.5 (2013–2016)
    65 and over 84.7 (1999–2002) 89.9 (2009–2012) 89.1 (2013–2016)
Hospitalization in past year, percent Table 39
   18–44  7.0 (2000) 5.6 (2016) 5.8 (2017)
   45–64  8.4 (2000) 7.6 (2016) 7.9 (2017)
   65 and over 18.2 (2000) 15.3 (2016) 15.3 (2017)
Health Insurance and Access to Care
Uninsured, percent Table 47
    Under 65  17.0 (2000) 10.3 (2016) 10.7 (2017)
        Under 18  12.6 (2000) 5.2 (2016) 5.0 (2017)
        18–44  22.4 (2000) 14.8 (2016) 15.4 (2017)
        45–64  12.6 (2000) 8.8 (2016) 9.3 (2017)
Delay or nonreceipt of needed medical care in past 12 months due to cost, percent Table 29
     Under 18 years 4.6 (2000) 2.4 (2016) 2.6 (2017)
     18–44  9.5 (2000) 9.2 (2016) 9.4 (2017)
     45–64  8.8 (2000) 10.5 (2016) 10.8 (2017)
     65 and over 4.5 (2000) 3.8 (2016) 4.4 (2017)
Health Care Resources
Community hospital beds per 1,000 population7 Table 41
    United States 2.9 (2000) 2.4 (2015) 2.4 (2016)
       Highest state 6.0 (2000)
(ND)
5.3 (2015)
(DC)
5.1 (2016)
(DC)
       Lowest state 1.9 (2000)
(NM, NV, OR,
UT, WA)
1.7 (2015)
(OR, WA)
1.6 (2016)
(OR)
Health Care Expenditures
Personal health care expenditures, in dollars Table 44
   Total, in trillions $1.2 (2000) $2.9 (2016) $3.0 (2017)
   Per capita $4,119 (2000) $8,833 (2016) $9,106 (2017)

1Causes are ordered by the number of deaths in 2017.
2Includes physician-diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes (fasting plasma glucose of at least 126 mg/dL or a hemoglobin A1c of at least 6.5%).
3Having measured high blood pressure (systolic pressure of at least 140 mm Hg or diastolic pressure of at least 90 mm Hg) or respondent report of taking antihypertensive medication.
4Having high serum total cholesterol of 240 mg/dL or greater or respondent report of taking cholesterol-lowering medication.
5Obesity is a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30.0 for adults. Height and weight are measured rather than self reported.
6Federal guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity a week, or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity activity and muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week.
7Copyright 2017. Used with permission of Health Forum LLC, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.

NOTES: Some estimates in this table are taken from the spreadsheet version of the cited tables. Data for additional years are available in the spreadsheet versions. For more information, see the Health, United States website: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus/index.htm.

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