Guide to state health rankings and scorecards

Several national organizations compile health indicators to produce online state scorecards or rankings that provide easy access to meaningful information about the status of population health and the health care system.  Many of these websites include interactive features that allow users to create and download tables, graphs, and maps.  Most largely draw upon publicly available data from government agencies, such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Census Bureau, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  While these data are typically available in other places, these websites add value by compiling the most relevant statistics in one place and by highlighting key indicators for assessing the overall health of a state, county, or region over time.

This guide was originally developed in August 2012 and updated in May 2013. Several student interns have assisted with compiling information for this resource, including Emily Skinnell, Amy Stevenson, Sue Butz and Meredith Haddix.