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State Profile

California

Population (2019): 39.512 million

California’s public health outcomes generally lead those of the United States, and it has taken several steps that strengthened its preparedness for public health emergencies. Deaths owed to drug misuse, alcohol, or suicide trail the country as a whole. Its rates of obesity and related conditions indicate a bright spot, with the percentage of adults with obesity lower than the U.S. median, as rates of diabetes and hypertension rank low. Finally, the state achieved a score of six out of a possible 10 measures of public health preparedness for diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.

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California at a glance

49.4

Percent of population (age 6 months or older) who received seasonal flu vaccination, 2020-21

Medium Tier

Public health emergency preparedness performance tier (High, Medium, Low), 2021

28.2

Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2021

28.2

Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2021

15.2

Percent of children age 10-17 who have obesity, 2019-20

27.6

Percent of adults who have obesity, 2021

46.3

Deaths related to alcohol, drugs, or suicide (per 100,000), 2020

10.0

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2020

23.1

Drug-related deaths (per 100,000), 2020

14.2

Alcohol-related deaths (per 100,000), 2020

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