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Low Disparities1

  • Between metropolitan3 and non-metropolitan3 areas for low birthweight
  • Between females3 and males3 for less than a high school education
  • Between college graduates3 and those with less than a high school education3 for cancer

High Disparities

  • Between those with less than a high school education2 and college graduates3 for high health status
  • Between Hispanic2 and white3 for less than a high school education
  • Between American Indian/Alaska Native2 and white3 for uninsured

[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.


  • 11% decreaes in Excessive Drinking in male adults between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 16.7% to 14.8%
  • 48% decrease in Unemployment in Asian/Pacific Islander civilians between 2005-2009 and 2015-2019 from 6.4% to 3.3%
  • 21% decrease in Avoided Care Due to Cost in adults with less than a high school education between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 29.5% to 23.3%
  • 24% increase in Multiple Chronic Conditions in college graduates between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 4.6% to 5.7%
  • 108% increase in Child Poverty in Black children between 2005- 2009 and 2015-2019 from 18.4% to 38.2%
  • 16% increase in Cancer in white adults between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 5.6% to 6.5%


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

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