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Only 13% of adults in Johnson County smoke, which has decreased over the past seven years and is better than the national average of 20.4%

Only 1.8% of households in Cass County have no car and are more than one mile away from a supermarket or large grocery store, better than the national average.

24% of children in Lafayette County live in a single-parent household, better than the national average of 30%.

Allen County has a dentist rate of 44 dentists/100,000 population, better than the national average of 34.

The age-adjusted death rate due to influenza and pneumonia is 17.2 deaths per 100,000 population in Cass County, lower than the state average of 19.8.

Only 25.7% of adults in Jackson County did NOT participate in physical activities during the past month, better than the national average of 30.6%.

84% of adults in Cass County have health insurance coverage, an increase over the past three years.

The percent of infants in Allen County who were fully immunized at 24 months has increased over the past few years to 76.9%, besting the national average of 71.7%.

Johnson County has a dentist rate of 75 dentists/100,000 population, better than the national average of 34.

10% of students in Wyandotte County who participated in dental screenings had dental decay, a decrease over the past two years.

The percentage of households without a vehicle in Allen County (4.4%) is lower than the national average of 4.4%.

The age-adjusted death rate due to a motor vehicle collision is 20.7 deaths/100,000 population in Lafayette County, better than the state average of 23.2%.

Cass County’s age-adjusted death rate due to prostate cancer is 19.3 deaths per 100,00 males and has decreased over 5% in the past six years.

Only 6.5% percent of adults in Johnson County have been diagnosed with diabetes, better than the national average of 10.3%

The number of students per teacher in Allen County (12.1 students/teacher) is lower than the national average of 14.5

28% of adults in Jackson County are obese, better than the state average of 32.9%.

12.8% of low-income children in preschool in Wyandotte County are obese, better than the national average of 13.9%.

21% of children in Johnson County live in a single-parent household, better than the national average of 30%.

The percent of adults who drink alcohol excessively is lower in Allen County (11.2%) than other counties nationally (14.6%).

The percent of population in Allen county who are food insecure has dropped over the past couple of years to 14%, better than the national average of 16.4%.

72% of adults over the age of 50 in Jackson County have had a colonoscopy exam. This is better than the state average of 59% and has increased over the past four years.

9% of adults in Jackson County have been diagnosed with diabetes, better than the national average of 10.3%.

Only 15% of mothers in Jackson County smoked during pregnancy, better than the state average of 24%.

6.8% of adults in Cass County currently have asthma, a decrease over the past three years.

Allen County has a lower amount of seniors treated for osteoporosis (4.5%) than other counties in the country (5.5%)

The age-adjusted death rate due to cancer in Johnson County is 154.9 deaths/100,000 population, which has decreased over the past 10 years and is better than the national average of 184.2

Only 6% of people in Johnson County are living below the federal poverty level, far better than the national average of 15%, but on the increase over the past six years.

Wyandotte County has a dentist rate of 36 dentists/100,000 population, better than the national average of 34.

Only 17% of Johnson Countians were sedentary or did not participate in physical activity during the past month, better than the national average of 27.5%

Only 28.2% of adults in Lafayette County did NOT participate in physical activities during the past month, better than the national average of 30.6%.

The age-adjusted suicide rate has decreased over the past three years in Wyandotte county to 15.8 deaths/100,000 population.

Johnson County’s foreclosure rate of 2% (of mortgages that end in foreclosure) is lower than the national average of 4.8%.

The percent of youth who smoke cigarettes in Wyandotte County (6%) has decreased over the past two years.

79.7% of women in Cass County have received a pap smear in the past three years, besting the state average of 68.9%.

The age-adjusted rate of cancer in Lafayette County is 442/100,000 population, a number that has decreased over past four years.

The student/teacher ration is 12.9 in Lafayette County, better than the national average of 14.5.

Cass County’s foreclosure rate of 3.9% (of mortgages that end in foreclosure) is lower than the national average of 4.8%.

33% of adults in Jackson County have been told they have high blood pressure.

27% of adults in Cass County did not participate in physical activities during the past month, which is better than the national average of 30%.

Wyandotte County’s age-adjusted incidence rate for prostate cancer is 133.2 cases/100,000 males, better than the state average of 167.7.

There are only 3 liquor stores/100,000 population in Lafayette County, besting the national average of 10.6.

The student/teacher ratio in Wyandotte County of 16 students/teacher has decreased over the past two years

64.9% of female Medicare enrollees in Jackson County have had a mammogram in the past two years. This is better than the state average of 63.6%.

Approximately 392 children in Cass County are receiving treatment for a serious mental health issue each year.

30% of students in Lafayette County are eligible for the free lunch program, which is better than the national average of 39.9%.

There are more stores in Allen County that accept SNAP (1.2 stores/1,000 population) than the national average of 0.9 stores/1,000 population.

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