north carolina health profile

Watauga County

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The county health profile below offers a broad picture of health in magna County. The data is organized by topic and offers a comparison to the same indicators at the state-level. Most of the data is available at the county level, although a few indicators are reported for multi-county regions based on the methodology used by the data source. By compiling a diverse array of indicators, these profiles aim to be a resource to support efforts to improve health across North Carolina.

 

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Uninsured Adults

% of adults age 18 to 64 years without health insurance

Poverty

% of individuals living in poverty (100% Federal Poverty Level)

Adult Smoking

% of adults who are current smokers

Watagua County
NC
Data Year
Classification
Metropolitan or Nonmetropolitan

USDA Economic Research Service Metro/Nonmetro labels

N/A
Tier

NC Department of Commerce economic well-being designations

N/A
Demographics
Population
123
Child Population

% of population age < 18 years

123
Elderly Population

% of population age 65+ years

123
White

% of population non-Hispanic White

123
Hispanic/Latinx

% of population Hispanic/Latinx

123
African American

% of population non-Hispanic African American

123
Asian

% of population Asian

123
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

% of population Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

123
American Indian

% of population American Indian/Alaskan Native

123
Two or More Races

% of population Two or More Races

123
Education
College Graduation

% of population, age 25 years+, with a Bachelor's degree or higher

High School Graduation

% of high school students who graduate on time

Reading Proficiency

% of third grade students reading at grade-level

Access to Care
Uninsured Adults

% of adults age 18 to 64 years without health insurance

Uninsured Children

% of children age 18 and under without health insurance

Medicaid & CHIP Enrollees

% of population enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP

Health Care Workforce - Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians per 10,000 population

Health Care Workforce - Dentists

Dentists per 10,000 population

Health Care Workforce - Psychiatrists & Psychologists

Psychologists, psychiatrists, addiction psychiatrists, and pediatric psychiatrists per 10,000 population

Health Care Workforce - Birth Attendants

OBGYNs/family medicine physicians/CNMs per 10,000 population

Healthy Eating, Active Living
Adult Obesity

% of adults who have obesity

Overweight and Obese Adolescents

% of 10-17 years olds who are overweight or obese

Physical Acitivity*

% of adults who participated in 150 minutes of physical activity per week

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption*

% of adults consuming fruits, vegetables, or beans five or more times per day

Tobacco & Substance Use
Adult Smoking

% of adults who are current smokers

Youth Tobacco Use*

% of high school students reporting current use of any tobacco product

Unintential Poisoning Deaths / Overdose Deaths

Unintentional poisoning mortality rate per 100,000 population

Opiate Poisoning Deaths

Rate of opiate poisoning deaths per 100,000 population

Opioid Prescribing Rate

Rate of retail opioid prescriptions dispensed per 100 persons

Mental Health
Mental Health Emergency Visits*

Rate of substance abuse and mental health-related visits to emergency departments per 100,000 population

Maternal & Child Health
Teen Birth Rate

Rate of births to females age 15-19 per 1,000

Low Birthweight

% of babies born with birthweight <2,500 grams

Infant Mortality Rate†

Resident infant death rates (per 1,000 live births)

Racial Disparity in Infant Mortality Rate

Rate of infant deaths

White : Black
:
White : Black
:
Vaccines

% of children age 19-35 months who receive combined 6-vaccine series vaccinations

Oral Health
Tooth Decay*

% of adults who have had permanent teeth removed due to tooth decay or gum disease

Chronic Disease
Diabetes Prevalence

% of adults with diagnosed diabetes

Cancer Prevalence

Cancer incidence rates per 100,000 population

Heart Disease

Age-adjusted rate of heart disease deaths per 100,000 population

Community Well-Being
Poverty

% of individuals living in poverty (100% Federal Poverty Level)

Housing Cost Burden

% of households spending 30% or more of household income on housing costs

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

High-Quality Child Care

% of kids in 4/5 star child care

Food Insecurity

% of population that is food insecure

Low Access to a Grocery Store

% of population with low access to a grocery store

Transportation

% of households without access to a vehicle

Violent Crime

Violent crime rate per 100,000 population

Life expectancy

Life expectancy (years) at birth - avg.

Racial Disparity in Life Expectancy

Life expectancy (years) at birth

White : Black
:
White : Black
:
Air Pollution

Average daily density of fine particulate matter in micrograms per cubic meter

Key:

– | Data suppressed
N/A | Data not available

* | Multi-County Data

For some indicators, data is not available at the county level and counties are aggregated into groups:

† | Rates based on fewer than ten cases are unstable and should be interpreted with caution. Refer to the State Center for Health Statistics Infant Mortality Report for the number of infant deaths by county.

Sources

Metro/Nonmetro: USDA Economic Research Service

Tier: NC Department of Commerce

Population: US Census – Population Estimates Program

Child Population: US Census – Population Estimates Program

Elderly Population: US Census – Population Estimates Program

White: US Census – Population Estimates Program

Hispanic/Latinx: US Census – Population Estimates Program

African American: US Census – Population Estimates Program

Asian: US Census – Population Estimates Program

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: US Census – Population Estimates Program

American Indian: US Census – Population Estimates Program

Two or More Races: US Census – Population Estimates Program

High School Graduation: NC Department of Instruction

Reading Proficiency: NC Department of Instruction

College Graduation: U.S. Census – American Community Survey

Uninsured Adults: US Census – Small Area Health Insurance Estimates

Uninsured Children: US Census – Small Area Health Insurance Estimates

Medicaid & CHIP Enrollees: NC Division of Medical Assistance

Health Care Workforce – Primary Care Physicians: North Carolina Health Professions Data System – Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

Health Care Workforce – Dentists: North Carolina Health Preofessions Data System – Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

Health Care Workforce – Psychiatrists & Psychologists: North Carolina Health Preofessions Data System – Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

Health Care Workforce – Birth Attendants: North Carolina Health Preofessions Data System – Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

Adult Obesity: CDC

Overweight and Obese Adolescents: National Survey of Children’s Health

Physical Acitivity: CDC – Behavioral Risk Factors Survey

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: CDC – Behavioral Risk Factors Survey

Adult Smoking: County Health Rankings

Youth Tobacco Use: NC Youth Tobacco Survey, Special data request from NC Division of Public Health, Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch

Unintential Poisoning Deaths / Overdose Deaths: NC Division of Public Health

Opiate Poisoning Deaths: NC Division of Public Health

Opioid Prescribing Rate: CDC

Mental Health Emergency Visits: NC Hospital Association, Special data request from NC Hospital Association

Teen Birth Rate: NC State Center for Health Statistics

Low Birthweight: NC State Center for Health Statistics

Infant Mortality Rate: NC State Center for Health Statistics

Racial Disparity in Infant Mortality Rate – White: NC State Center for Health Statistics

Racial Disparity in Infant Mortality Rate – Black: NC State Center for Health Statistics

Vaccines: CDC

Tooth Decay: CDC – Behavioral Risk Factors Survey

Diabetes Prevalence: CDC

Cancer Prevalence: NC State Center for Health Statistics

Heart Disease: NC State Center for Health Statistics

Poverty: US Census – Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates 

Housing Cost Burden: U.S. Census – American Community Survey

Unemployment: U.S. Department of Labor

High-Quality Child Care: NC Division of Child Development and Early Education, Special data request from NC Division of Child Development and Early Education

Food Insecurity: Feeding America

Low Access to a Grocery Store: USDA Economic Research Service

Transportation: US Census – American Community Survey

Violent Crime: State Bureau of Investigation

Life expectancy: NC State Center for Health Statistics

Racial Disparity in Life Expectancy – Black: NC State Center for Health Statistics

Racial Disparity in Life Expectancy – White: NC State Center for Health Statistics

Air Pollution: County Health Rankings