Population Characteristic Data

Population characteristics include population age distribution, race, gender, education, household income, poverty, life expectancy, and other aspects that are associated with the health of a community.

Why is population characteristic data important?

Understanding population characteristics can help to explain disease trends, environmental exposures, health disparities and intervention strategies.

WTN contains data on the following population characteristics: life expectancy, median household income, populations living in poverty, unemployment, limited access to vehicles, migrant farm labor, race, population, and single-parent households.

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Population Characteristics Data

You can also explore WTN's Information by Location (IBL) mapping tool to see population characteristics and how they relate to health disparities and social vulnerabilities to hazards in Washington communities.

Additional Resources

Governor's Interagency Council on Health Disparities

Health Disparities - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Health Disparities - Washington State Board of Health

Social Determinants of Health - World Health Organization

State Action Plan to Eliminate Health Disparities (PDF)

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