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West Virginia

Population (2019): 1.792 million

West Virginia’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 high. 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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West Virginia at a glance

14.6

Alcohol-related deaths (per 100,000), 2021

90.9

Drug-related deaths (per 100,000), 2021

20.6

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2021

128.7

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

41.0

Percent of adults who have obesity, 2022

26.0

Percent of children age 10-17 who have obesity, 2020-21

17.7

Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2022

43.7

Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2022

Low Tier

Public health emergency preparedness performance tier (High, Middle, Low), 2022

47.8

Percent of population (age 6 months or older) who received seasonal flu vaccination, 2021-22

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