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Kentucky - 2012



  • Outcomes Rank 46
  • Determinants Rank 43
  • Overall Rank 43
  • Diabetes Rank 41
  • Smoking Rank 50
  • Obesity Rank 40
KY Obesity (1990-2013) see more
  • Percentage of the population estimated to be obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher.
  • Percentage of adults who are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)


  • High immunization coverage
  • Low prevalence of binge drinking
  • Low violent crime rate



  • High prevalence of smoking
  • High rate of cancer deaths
  • High rate of preventable hospitalizations



  • High school graduation rates improved in the last five years, from 73.0 percent to 77.6 percent of incoming ninth graders who graduate within four years.
  • In the past five years, levels of air pollution decreased from 13.6 to 11.4 micrograms of particulate per cubic meter.
  • In the past year, immunization coverage increased from 89.7 percent to 92.2 percent of children ages 19 to 35 months.
  • Kentucky has the highest smoking rate in the U.S. at 29.0 percent of the adult population, with more than 970,000 adult smokers in the state.
  • There are more than one million obese adults in Kentucky.
  • While Kentucky remains as the state with the highest rate of preventable hospitalization, in the past ten years, the rate declined from 115.3 to 102.8 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.



  • In Kentucky, obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 42.5 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 31.8 percent.


State Health Department Web Site: www.chfs.ky.gov

Kentucky - 2012



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