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Summary

Low Disparities1

  • Between metropolitan3 and non-metropolitan3 areas for unemployment
  • Between females2 and males3 for high health status
  • Between those with a high school education3 and college graduates3 for cancer

High Disparities

  • Between Black2 and white3 for child poverty
  • Between those with less than a high school education2 and college graduates3 for smoking
  • 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

  • 17% decrease in Infant Mortality in white infants between 2003-2006 and 2015-2018 from 6.6 to 5.5 deaths (before age 1) per 1,000 live births
  • 27% decrease in Unemployment in civilians with less than a high school education between 2005-2009 and 2015-2019 from 12.3% to 9.0%
  • 22% decrease in Avoided Care Due to Cost in Hispanic adults between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 24.6% to 19.3%
  • 51% increase in Multiple Chronic Conditions in Hispanic adults between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 4.5% to 6.8%
  • 24% increase in Poverty in male-headed households between 2005-2009 and 2015-2019 from 7.5% to 9.3%
  • 9% increase in Physical Inactivity in adults with some college education between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 22.7% to 24.8%

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 Kansas, income inequality has decreased since 2011. Kansas’ ratio is currently lower than the national ratio.

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