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Summary

Low Disparities1

  • Between females3 and males3 for child poverty
  • Between metropolitan2 and non-metropolitan2 areas for unemployment
  • Between those with a high school education3 and college graduates3 for asthma

High Disparities

  • Between those with less than a high school education2 and college graduates3 for high health status
  • Between those with less than a high school education2 and college graduates3 for physical inactivity
  • Between Hispanic2 and white3 for less than a high school education

[1] Low disparities within a state does not indicate that all populations are doing well. Consider rates in comparison to national averages.
[2] Rates worse than national average.
[3] Rates same or better than national average.

Highlights

  • 33% decrease in Excessive Drinking in adults with less than a high school education between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 23.2% to 15.5%
  • 35% decrease in those with Less Than a High School Education in the white population between 2005-2009 and 2015-2019 from 9.1% to 5.9%
  • 10% increase in Dedicated Health Care Provider in Black adults between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 74.6% to 83.3%
  • 28% increase in Depression in adults with some college education between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 15.9% to 20.3%
  • 18% increase in Poverty in male-headed households between 2005-2009 and 2015-2019 from 7.7% to 9.1%
  • 24% increase in Physical Inactivity in Hispanic adults between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 26.3% to 32.7%

Trends


Income Inequality

Income inequality measures the ratio of median household income of the 20% richest to the 20% poorest. A high ratio indicates greater income inequality. Research demonstrates an association between greater income disparity and poorer population health.
In Illinois, income inequality has increased since 2011. Illinois’ ratio is currently higher than the national ratio.

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