Our research aim was to use the 500 Cities data, for 2016 and 2017, to help identify cities, neighborhoods, and populations in the state of Georgia where public health issues are currently most pressing.
To do this, we developed a set of ranking methods for comparing cities and census tracts across both individual and composite health characteristics. For each city, an overall health ranking was developed along with rankings for the three main indicator groupings of health outcomes, prevention, and unhealthy behaviors. This produced values between 1 and 500 for national rankings and between 1 and 11 for comparison among only the cities in the state of Georgia. For each census tract and across each of the 27 health indicators, a national percentile rank value was calculated.
The criteria are as follows:
- The Degree of Disparity criterion identifies health issues exhibiting the greatest variability among census tracts across a city.
- The Raw Magnitude criterion identifies health issues impacting the largest overall number of people in a city or selected area.
- The Proportional Magnitude criterion identifies health issues with higher than expected rates at both the city- and census tract-level.
- The Ranking Threshold criterion identifies health issues at the city- and tract-level which fall above or below a set ranking threshold.
- The Change criterion identifies indicators and rankings which showed significant change between the 2016 and 2017 datasets.
We report on all of the most recent 27 health indicators modeled by the CDC, including those from the 2016 published dataset and those updated in 2017. Change values are calculated for the indicators that were updated in 2017.
The indicators are reported at both the tract and city levels for the four target cities.
In addition, national indicator-specific percentile rankings are calculated and reported at the tract level. Indicator-specific and composite national and state ordinal rankings (between 1 to 500 and 1 to 11, respectively) are calculated and reported at the city level.
4 Target Cities in comparison to Georgia’s largest cities
|City||Overall Health Rank||Health Outcomes Rank||Prevention Rank||Unhealthy Behaviors Rank|
Download the Excel file with rankings for all 500 Cities