Atlanta is a thriving city with 465,230 residents and the state capitol for Georgia. Atlanta residents are able to access some of the top ten hospitals facilities within the city and in nearby communities; including Grady Hospital, the largest hospital in the state and one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in the country.
Atlanta is a historical civil rights community which offers its resident diversity in education, employment and social activities. It is home to a variety of higher educational institutions, including Georgia Tech, Emory, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University.
Atlanta houses numerous corporate 100, 200 and 500 headquarters. The largest area employers include: Delta Air Lines, Emory University and Emory Healthcare, The Home Depot, Northside Hospital, Piedmont Healthcare, Publix Super Markets, WellStar Health System, The Kroger Company, AT&T, and UPS.
The city suffers from uneven access to its wealth of opportunity. Atlanta has a stark socioeconomic divide, with residents on its north side enjoying some of the highest incomes and educational attainment in the state and country. Residents in neighborhoods on its south side, however, have high poverty rates and low median incomes despite many of them having high school diplomas.
Continue scrolling to learn how these demographic factors impact residents’ health and wellness. Below are our overall health risk findings and visualization tools (a data dashboard and storymap) to provide in depth analysis of the 500 Cities dataset and community assets.
Atlanta Health Risks
Our research shows that, relative to the rest of the country, Atlanta's residents are at markedly higher risk for developing kidney disease, experiencing asthma and complete tooth loss by age 65.
Overall Health Risks Findings
Atlanta residents to the north side of the city can expect to live around 10 to 15 years longer than many in the south side of city. Part of this is due to the city's deep socioeconomic divide.
Complete Tooth Loss by the Age of 65
Atlanta Data Dashboard
The dashboard visualizes how the census tracts compare to one another and the country as a whole.
To use, first select "Health Outcomes," "Prevention" or "Unhealthy Behaviors" from the top-right drop-down box, then select the indicator of interest from the second drop-down menu.
Use the percentile rank indicators to see how Atlanta's census tracts compare to 500 Cities tracts across the country.
This research is based upon work supported by the Urban Institute through funds provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We thank them for their support but acknowledge that the findings and conclusions presented in this report are those of the author(s) alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Urban Institute or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.