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District of Columbia

Population (2019): 705,749 thousand

The District of Columbia’s public health outcomes stack up unevenly against 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 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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District of Columbia at a glance

58.3

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

High Tier

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

36.4

Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2020

7.8

Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2020

12.5

Percent of children age 10-17 who have obesity, 2018-19

24.3

Percent of adults who have obesity, 2020

75.8

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

5.5

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2020

59.2

Drug-related deaths (per 100,000) 2020

12.1

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

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