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Pennsylvania

Population (2019): 12.801 million

Pennsylvania’s public health outcomes generally lag those of the United States, and it has not taken several steps that would strengthen 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 high. Finally, the state achieved a score of four out of a possible 10 measures of public health preparedness for diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.

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Pennsylvania at a glance

8.3

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

43.2

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

12.6

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2020

62.7

Deaths related to alcohol, drugs, or suicide (per 100,000), 2021

33.3

Percent of adults who have obesity, 2021

15.1

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

11.4

Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2021

34.1

Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2021

High Tier

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

58.5

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

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