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Texas

Population (2019): 28.995 million

Texas’s public health outcomes stack up unevenly against 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 trail the country as a whole. Its rates of obesity and related conditions indicate a mixed picture, with the percentage of adults with obesity higher than the U.S. median, as rates of diabetes and hypertension rank high and low, respectively. Finally, the state achieved a score of three out of a possible 10 measures of public health preparedness for diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.

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Texas at a glance

8.1

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

11

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

13.7

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2018

31.7

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

34

Percent of adults who have obesity, 2019

15.5

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

12.2

Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2019

31.7

Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2019

Medium Tier

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

47.9

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

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