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State Profile

Delaware

Population (2019): 973,764 thousand

Delaware’s public health outcomes generally lag those of the United States, but it has taken several steps that strengthened its preparedness for public health emergencies. Deaths owed to drug misuse, alcohol, or suicide outpace the country as a whole. Its rates of obesity and related conditions indicate an area of concern, with the percentage of adults with obesity higher than the U.S. median, as rates of diabetes and hypertension rank in the middle of the pack. Finally, the state achieved a score of eight out of a possible 10 measures of public health preparedness for diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.

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Delaware at a glance

50.7

Percent of population (age 6 months or older) who received seasonal flu vaccination, 2018-19

High Tier

Public health emergency preparedness performance tier (High, Medium, Low), 2019

27.2

Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2019

8.7

Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2019

15.1

Percent of children age 10-17 who have obesity, 2017-18

34.4

Percent of adults who have obesity, 2019

62.9

Deaths related to alcohol, drugs, or suicide (per 100,000), 2018

11.7

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2018

42.3

Drug-related deaths (per 100,000), 2018

9.1

Alcohol-related deaths (per 100,000), 2018

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