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State Profile

Maryland

Population (2019): 6.045 million

Maryland’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 six out of a possible 10 measures of public health preparedness for diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.

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Maryland at a glance

57.1

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

34.3

Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2019

11

Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2019

14.5

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

32.3

Percent of adults who have obesity, 2019

55.7

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

10.8

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2018

39.5

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

6.8

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

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