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Census Data: Health

Guide to statistical information collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.

National Center for Health Statistics

Though not part of the Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statisttics is a rich source of information about America's health.

Health statistics allow us to:

  • document the health status of the population and of important subgroups
  • identify disparities in health status and use of health care by race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, region, and other population characteristics
  • describe our experiences with the health care system
  • monitor trends in health status and health care delivery
  • identify health problems
  • support biomedical and health services research
  • provide information for making changes in public policies and programs
  • evaluate the impact of health policies and programs

Analysis

Reports

Vital Statistics

Mortality Data

Mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) are a fundamental source of demographic, geographic, and cause-of-death information. This is one of the few sources of health-related data that are comparable for small geographic areas and are available for a long time period in the United States. The data are also used to present the characteristics of those dying in the United States, to determine life expectancy, and to compare mortality trends with other countries.