Community Health Statistics Unit

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City Demographics and Health Statistics

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The Community Health Statistics Unit produces demographic and health data at the municipality level to help planners, community partners, jurisdictions, and the public identify needs and focus areas.

Additionally, it supports the San Diego County Kresge Initiative, an ongoing effort for City and County leaders to work more closely together to identify and focus on mutual goals to improve health outcomes for our local region.

*Note: map depicts the San Diego County jurisdictions (18 cities and the
unincorporated area), one of the many geographic levels we depict data in.

City Demographic and Health Profiles

The City Demographic and Health Profiles include sociodemographic and economic information for the specified municipality in addition to health data with comparisons to San Diego County. These profiles are updated annually with the most recent data available. 

City Demographic Profiles

In the United States, it is estimated that medical care accounts for only 10-20 percent of the modifiable contributors to healthy outcomes in a population. The other 80-90 percent are “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness,” known as social determinants of health (SDOH).1 This means that a significant proportion of disease burden within a community is shaped by SDOH, such as distribution of income, housing status, and access to healthcare.

The Demographic Profiles are a compilation of information relating to demographic characteristics of specific populations in San Diego County, including SDOH. Each Profile contains demographic data for each city and unincorporated area, including age, gender, race/ethnicity distributions, school enrollment, educational attainment, income, occupation, housing, and other SDOH. Many of these factors have been implicated at the roots of health disparities. The profiles are designed to help jurisdictions, HHSA staff in each of the Health and Human Services Regions (Regions) and other local organizations, including Live Well San Diego recognized partners, identify, and prioritize needs within their communities.

 

The demographic profiles below contain the most recent demographic and economic data available by Health and Human Services (HHSA) region, city, and supervisorial district in PDF format. Since 2020, the Demographic Profiles are also available online as dynamic Tableau dashboards.

 

The Demographic Older Adult Profiles are subset of the larger demographic profiles document for San Diego County. This profile set reflects data covering demographic and economic data on seniors available for municipalities and the unincorporated area.

Health and Injury Data

Community Profiles

The Community Profiles contain a variety of health-related information in San Diego County and its communities. We currently have data for 2016 to 2021 deaths, hospitalizations, emergency department discharges, in-patient treatment discharges, physical rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facility discharges.

The 2021 Community Profiles are available online as dynamic Tableau dashboards. These dashboards help to visualize the health data by the lenses of health equity: age, sex, geography, socioeconomic status, and race/ethnicity. There are over 70 conditions with four outcomes available (death, hospitalization, emergency department discharge, and in-patient treatment discharges). Data on the dashboards below are available for the 18 municipalities and the unincorporated area within San Diego County. Selected tabs can be downloaded as images and the entire profile can be downloaded as PDFs or PowerPoint slides.

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Leading Causes of Death Dashboard

The Leading Causes of Death dashboard displays the top leading causes of death among San Diego County Residents for their respective years. Rank is based on the total number of deaths in each of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) “rankable” categories. The cause of death is based on the underlying cause of death reported on death certificates as classified by ICD-10 codes. The leading causes of death are displayed by total, sex, age, race/ethnicity, Asian/Pacific Islander subgroup, Health and Human Services Region (HHSA Region), supervisorial district, and city.

3-4-50: Chronic Disease in San Diego County

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Chronic diseases are now the major cause of death and disability worldwide, having surpassed infectious diseases and injuries. This reflects an improvement in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases and significant changes in dietary habits, physical activity levels, and tobacco use in the population. Three behaviors (poor diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use) contribute to four chronic diseases (cancer, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, and pulmonary diseases such as asthma) that cause over 50 percent of all deaths worldwide. This is the foundation of the 3-4-50 concept. 3 The influence of these three unhealthy behaviors may be seen in San Diego County as these four chronic diseases are the most common causes of death and disability in our region.

 

3-4-50 Datasets

 

3-4-50 Detailed Briefs

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The Detailed Brief explores the burden of 3-4-50 chronic diseases from 2000-2021 for Municipalities and the Unincorporated Area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motor Vehicle Collision Injury Indicators in San Diego County Dashboard

Injury collisions are those involving a motor vehicle operated on a public road, where at least one person is injured or killed. This dashboard shows the rates of several injury indicators related to motor vehicle collisions in San Diego County for 2020.  Where available, counts and rates are provided by sex, age group, and geography. Geographical areas included are San Diego County, 18 municipalities (cities) and the unincorporated area.

Motor Vehicle Collision Injury Indicators for Cities & Unincorporated Area

Outcomes on this dashboard:

  • Alcohol-Involved Injuries
  • Drinking Driver
  • Pedalcycle Injuries
  • Pedestrian Injuries
  • Total Injuries

Other Resources

The Big Cities Health Inventory Platform features data on 35 of the largest and most urban cities in the nation, including City of San Diego. On this platform, you can explore and compare cities on topics such as demographics, social and economic factors, access to health services, infectious and sexually transmitted diseases, chronic diseases, violence and injury, mental health and substance use, and more!

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1   Magnan, S. 2017. Social Determinants of Health 101 for Health Care: Five Plus Five.  NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. https://doi.org/10.31478/201710c

World Health Organization (WHO). “The Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.” http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/media/en/gsfs_general.pdf (Accessed September 22, 2011).

3 3Four50, www.3four50.com (Accessed September 22, 2011).