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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Division of Public Health Statistics & Performance Management

Quick Facts

Quick Facts are updated on FLHealthCHARTS each month. Those published relate to the national health observances highlighted in the Current Features on the home page.

June 2019

  • In 2017, 81.8% of men and 79.5% of women said their health was good or excellent.
  • In 2017, 65.3% of men and 78.3% of women reported they had a personal doctor.
  • In 2017, the top three leading causes of death for men were heart diseases, cancer and unintentional injury.
  • In 2017, men had an age-adjusted unintentional injury death rate of 78.5 per 100,000, while the rate for women was 34.6 per 100,000.
  • In 2017, 70.0% of men and 58.0% of women were overweight or obese.
  • In 2017, 26.9% of men in Florida reported that they were sedentary compared with 31.3% of women.
  • In 2017, 22.3% of men reported they engaged in heavy or binge drinking compared with 12.3% of women.
  • Males with an MSM exposure are more likely than any other persons living with HIV to be co-infected with HIV and syphilis.
  • Sixty-nine percent of Caribbean-born adults diagnosed with HIV in 2017 were males.

May 2019

  • In 2017, 7.5% of adults in Florida reported currently having asthma. While 10.2% of women reported currently having asthma, only 4.6% of men did.
  • In 2017, 49.5% of Florida’s adults reported that they meet aerobic activity recommendations of 150 minutes or more per week (men: 52.3%, women: 46.9%).
  • Teen birth rates in Florida have decreased substantially in the last two decades. Birth rates among all race/ethnic groups decreased from 56.1 (1997) to 18.5 (2017) per 1,000 females ages 15–19.
  • 16.1% of adult Floridians were current smokers in 2017, down from 19.3% in 2007.
  • In 2017, 3% of middle and high school students were current smokers, while 10.9% were current users of electronic vapor products.
  • In 2017, 14.3% of middle and high school students did not think people could get addicted to cigarettes.
  • In 2017, 23% (N=1,114) of the 4,949 persons who received an HIV diagnosis in Florida were aged 50 or older.
  • From 2013–2017, 1% (n=268) of the 23,413 persons who received an HIV diagnosis in Florida were Asian.

April 2019

  • 16.5% of people diagnosed with HIV in 2017 were between the ages of 13 and 24.
  • The 2017 AIDS case rate was almost 7 times higher among black than white persons (34.7 versus 5 per 100,000 population).
  • In 2017, there was a bacterial STD rate of 684.7 per 100,000 population.
  • The rate of chlamydia has increased annually since 2010.
  • The 2017 age-adjusted HIV/AIDS death rate for blacks was 13 per 100,000 population. In 2007, the age-adjusted HIV/AIDS death rate for blacks was 33.8 per 100,000 population.
  • The infant death rate in 2017 was 3.2 times higher among blacks than whites.
  • Although the overall age-adjusted death rate is higher among black than white persons, the gap is closing.
  • In 2017, approximately 86% of Florida’s 2-year-olds were up-to-date with recommended vaccinations.
  • In 2018, 93.7% of kindergarten students had received all vaccinations needed to enter school.
  • There were 3,184 deaths from motor vehicle crashes is Florida in 2017. This is a death rate of 15.5 per 100,000 population.
  • The death rate per 100,000 population for motor vehicle crashes in Florida was 8 for females and 23.4 for males in 2017.

March 2019

  • 47.3% of adult Floridians have had a permanent tooth removed because of tooth decay or gum loss.
  • In 2017, 77.3% of Florida’s population received optimally fluoridated water through community water systems, contributing to better oral health.
  • 51 County Health Departments provide school-based preventive dental programs.
  • Every $1 invested in dental sealants applied by County Health Department dental programs yields $1.88 in dental treatment savings.
  • In 2017, there were 134,991 preventable emergency room visits among people under age 65 due to dental conditions
  • Cancer and heart disease have been the top two leading causes of death in Florida for decades, accounting for 44.8% of all deaths in 2017.
  • Among cancer deaths, lung cancer is the most common, accounting for 25.3% of cancer deaths in 2017.
  • In 2017, Florida’s age-adjusted death rate for heart disease was 148.5 per 100,000, down from 253.1 in 1997.
  • In 2017, the age-adjusted death rate from stroke for blacks was 57.9 per 100,000 population compared to 37.2 per 100,000 for whites

February 2019

  • 47.3% of adult Floridians have had a permanent tooth removed because of tooth decay or gum loss.
  • In 2017, 77.3% of Florida’s population received optimally fluoridated water through community water systems, contributing to better oral health.
  • 51 County Health Departments provide school-based preventive dental programs.
  • Every $1 invested in dental sealants applied by County Health Department dental programs yields $1.88 in dental treatment savings.
  • In 2017, there were 134,991 preventable emergency room visits among people under age 65 due to dental conditions
  • Cancer and heart disease have been the top two leading causes of death in Florida for decades, accounting for 44.8% of all deaths in 2017.
  • Among cancer deaths, lung cancer is the most common, accounting for 25.3% of cancer deaths in 2017.
  • In 2017, Florida’s age-adjusted death rate for heart disease was 148.5 per 100,000, down from 253.1 in 1997.
  • In 2017, the age-adjusted death rate from stroke for blacks was 57.9 per 100,000 population compared to 37.2 per 100,000 for whites

January 2019

  • Cardiovascular conditions are the most common kinds of birth defects.
  • The age-adjusted lung cancer death rate decreased from 57.3 per 100,000 deaths in 1998 to 37.0 in 2017.
  • In 2016, 15.5% of adults reported they were current smokers.
  • In 2016, 62.1% of Florida’s smokers had tried to quit smoking in the past year.
  • Fewer mothers are smoking during pregnancy: 11.2% in 1998 and 4.8% in 2017.
  • In 2016, 58.0% of Florida adults reported they never smoked, up from 56.2% in 2015.
  • The age-adjusted cervical cancer death rate decreased from 3.6 per 100,000 in 1998 to 2.8 in 2017.
  • In 2016, 80.5% of adults said their overall health was “good” to “excellent.”
  • Reduce your risk of cervical cancer by not smoking.
  • The American Cancer Society reports that smoking doubles your risk for cervical cancer.
  • Increase your chance of having a healthy baby by preventing infections before and during pregnancy. #Prevent2Protect

December 2018

  • In 2017, there were 3,040 deaths from influenza and pneumonia.
  • Florida’s age-adjusted death rate from influenza and pneumonia increased from 8.7 per 100,000 population in 2007 to 9.8 in 2017.
  • Pregnant women, older people and young children are at greater risk for serious complications from flu.
  • Getting vaccinated each year is the best way to prevent the flu from infecting people.
  • The percentage of adults ages 65+ that received a flu shot in the past year has been declining, from 64.6% in 2007 to 57.6% in 2016.
  • In 2017, the Florida Department of Health estimated that, of the approximate 20 million people residing in Florida, 116,944 individuals are living with HIV.

November 2018

  • In 2017, there were over 19,000 tobacco-related cancer deaths in Florida.
  • According to the American Lung Association, smoking accounts for 30 percent of all cancer deaths and 87 percent of lung cancer deaths.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “...32% of all deaths from coronary heart disease were attributable to smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.”
  • In 2016, an estimated 15.5% of adults in Florida were current smokers, based on data from the Florida Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force began recommending screening for lung cancer in 2014. Read full text of recommendations

October 2018

  • In 2015, there were 15,860 new female breast cancer cases in Florida.
  • From 2005 to 2015, age-adjusted breast cancer incidence rates increased from 111.8 to 118.3 per 100,000 females.
  • Age-adjusted breast cancer death rates decreased from 20.3 per 100,000 females in 2007 to 19.0 in 2017.
  • The percentage of breast cancer cases at advanced stage when diagnosed was 32.6% in 2015, while it was 33.3% in 2005.
  • In 2016, 57.6% of Floridians age 65 and older received a flu shot in the past year.
  • In 2017, the influenza and pneumonia death rate per 100,000 people for age 65 and older was 62.3 compared to 3.0 for ages 0–64.
  • In 2017, there were 134,942 emergency department visits from preventable dental conditions for persons <65 years old; that is 818.7 per 100,000 persons <65 years old.
  • Fifty-one of Florida’s 67 health departments have a school-based dental sealant program.
  • Diabetes claimed the lives of over 6,000 Floridians in 2017.
  • In Florida, annual costs of diabetes are estimated to be $24.3 billion.

September 2018

  • In 2017, there were 3,187 deaths in Florida due to suicide. Suicide was the 8th highest cause of death in 2017. The age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 population for suicide in 2017 was 14.1.
  • The suicide age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 has not changed much in the last 10 years. The suicide AADR was 13.8 in 2008 and fluctuated between 13.5 and 14.5 in the years 2008 through 2017.
  • In 2017, white males had the highest age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 for suicide at 25.4. The AADR was 8.4 for black males, 7.4 for white females was and 1.8 for black females.
  • In 2017, the Hispanic age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 for suicide was 7.3; much lower than the non-Hispanic AADR of 16.1.
  • For males, the highest rate of suicide per 100,000 was in the age group 85+, with a rate of 59.0 in 2017. For females, the highest rate occurred in the 45–54 age group with a rate of 11.5 in 2017.
  • In 2016, 12.6% of Florida’s middle school students were obese (BMI > 95 percentile).
  • In 2016, 13.3% of Florida’s high school students were obese (BMI > 95 percentile).
  • In 2016, 78.3% of Florida’s middle school students did not get the recommended amount of vigorous activity.
  • In 2016, 80.6% of Florida’s high school students did not get the recommended amount of vigorous activity.
  • Each year, through newborn screening, about 450 babies are diagnosed with disorders and 300 babies are diagnosed with hearing loss.
  • In 2016, 34.5% of adults in Florida were at a healthy weight.
  • 1 out of 3 children are considered overweight or obese.
  • From 2005 to 2017, the percent of WIC children age two or older who were overweight or obese declined from 30.5% to 26.3%.
  • The costs of care for chronic disease from obesity alone are estimated to be $34 billion over the next 17 years.
  • Since 2008, the age-adjusted suicide death rate has remained at around 14 per 100,000 population.
  • In 2017, prostate cancer deaths among black men occurred at a rate 2.2 times that of white men.
  • Older adults (age 50 and older) accounted for 60,888 (52%) of people living with HIV disease in 2016 and 1,114 (23%) of persons receiving an HIV diagnosis in 2017.
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for 58,756 (50%) of people living with HIV disease in 2016 and 3,038 (61%) of persons receiving an HIV diagnosis in 2017.

August 2018

  • Mothers with a high school education or more had the highest rates of breastfeeding.
  • In Florida, 86% of new mothers initiated breastfeeding in 2017 compared with 84.0% in 2014.
  • Data from the National Immunization Survey show the percentage of Florida infants who met the national recommendation of being breastfed for six months increased from 15.6% in 2010 to 24.3% in 2014.
  • Data from the National Immunization Survey show the percentage of Florida infants who met the national recommendation of being breastfed for twelve months increased from 20.7% in 2010 to 27.9% in 2014.
  • August 1–7 is World Breastfeeding Week.
  • Miami-Dade County saw a 5.4% decline in diagnosed HIV cases from 2016 (1,263 cases) to 2017 (1,195 cases).
  • Broward County saw a 3.1% decline in diagnosed HIV cases from 2016 (738 cases) to 2017 (715 cases).

July 2018

  • In 2017, there were 451 deaths due to viral hepatitis.
  • In 2016, 122 cases of hepatitis A were reported in Florida. All could have been prevented with the vaccine.
  • In 2016, 709 cases of acute hepatitis B were reported in Florida, up from 519 in 2015. All could have been prevented with the vaccine.
  • In 2016, 4,972 cases of chronic hepatitis B were newly reported in Florida, up from 4,827 in 2015.
  • In 2016, 447 cases of hepatitis B in pregnant women were reported in Florida, down from 476 in 2015.
  • In 2016, 301 cases of acute hepatitis C were reported in Florida, up from 210 in 2015.
  • Hepatitis causes inflammation of the liver and can result in chronic liver disease, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
  • In 2017, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis was Florida’s 10th leading cause of death, accounting for 3,080 deaths.
  • In 2017, the age-adjusted death rate from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis was 11.4 per 100,000.
  • With treatment, most children with orofacial clefts do well and lead a healthy life.
  • The Florida Birth Defects Profile provides data about rates of birth defects in Florida.
  • About 280 infants are born each year in Florida with orofacial clefts (cleft lip, cleft palate or both).
  • In 2017, unintentional drowning rates were 2.0 per 100,000 for all ages, but they were 6.0 per 100,000 for 0–4-year-olds.

June 2018

  • In 2016, 81.4% of men and 79.7% of women said their health was good or excellent.
  • In 2016, 66.5% of men and 77.1% of women reported they had a personal doctor.
  • In 2016, the top three leading causes of death for men were heart diseases, cancer and unintentional injury.
  • In 2016, men had an age-adjusted unintentional injury death rate of 77.5 per 100,000, while the rate for women was 34.8 per 100,000.
  • In 2017, 69.7% of men and 56.7% of women were overweight or obese.
  • In 2016, 27.1% of men in Florida reported that they were sedentary compared with 32.3% of women.
  • In 2016, 21.7% of men reported they engaged in heavy or binge drinking compared with 13.7% of women.
  • Males with an MSM exposure were more likely than any other persons living with HIV to be co-infected with HIV and syphilis in 2016.
  • Fifty percent of Caribbean-born adults diagnosed with HIV in 2016 were Hispanic males.

May 2018

  • In 2016, 6.7% of adults in Florida reported having asthma. While 8.2% of women reported having asthma, only 5.2% of men did.
  • In 2016, 44.8% of Florida’s adults reported that they meet aerobic activity recommendations of 150 minutes or more per week (men: 48%, women: 41.9%).
  • In 2016, 80.6% of high school students were without sufficient vigorous physical activity, up from 40.7% in 2006.
  • In 2016, 78.3% of middle school students were without sufficient vigorous physical activity, up from 30.9% in 2006.
  • Teen birth rates in Florida have decreased substantially in the last two decades. Birth rates among all race/ethnic groups decreased from 57.5 (1996) to 19.5 per 1,000 females ages 15–19.
  • Older adults (50 or older) accounted for 58,200 (51%) of people living with HIV disease in 2016.
  • The number of new HIV cases diagnosed among Asians and Pacific Islanders has increased by 39% over the past ten years, from 44 in 2007 to 61 in 2016—more than any other race/ethnic group.
  • Only 15.5% of adult Floridians were current smokers in 2016, down from 22.2% in 2002.
  • From 2002 to 2016, tobacco use among high school students (smoking within the last 30 days) decreased from 17.8% to 5.2%.

April 2018

  • 17% of people diagnosed with HIV in 2016 were young people (ages 13 to 24).
  • In 2016, blacks represented 15% of Florida’s adult (age 13+) population yet represented 50% of the diagnosed HIV cases.
  • The 2014–16 AIDS case rate was nearly 8 times higher among black than white persons (35.7 versus 4.5 per 100,000 population).
  • Rates for fetal death, maternal death and infant death for 2014–16 were all more than two times higher among blacks than whites.
  • In 2017, approximately 85% of Florida’s 2-year-olds were up-to-date with recommended vaccinations.
  • Rates of chlamydia and infectious syphilis have increased annually since 2010.
  • Although the overall age-adjusted death rate is higher among black than white persons, the gap is closing.
  • The rates of motor vehicle crashes and deaths in Florida have increased every year since 2012.
  • Motor vehicle crashes in Florida increased to 395,521 in 2016. This trend began in 2012 with 281,549 motor vehicle crashes.
  • Deaths from motor vehicle crashes in Florida increased to 3,226 in 2016. This is a death rate of 16.0 per 100,000 population.
  • In 2016, there was an average of 8.2 deaths per 1,000 motor vehicle crashes in Florida.
  • The death rate per 100,000 population for motor vehicle crashes in Florida was 9.8 for females and 24.1 for males in 2016.
  • Males 20–24 years old had the highest adult death rate for motor vehicle crashes at 47.6 per 100,000 population.
  • Females age 55–64 had the lowest adult death rate for motor vehicle crashes in Florida at 7.9 per 100,000 population.

March 2018

  • Florida’s adjusted death rate for colorectal cancer decreased 46.2% from 25.1 to 13.5 per 100,000 population from 1981 to 2014.
  • Take action to get regular colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 50. After age 75, talk to your healthcare provider to decide whether to get screened.
  • The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age and is greater among men than in women.
  • For 2014–2016, the death rate from colorectal cancer among Hispanics was .9 times that of non-Hispanics.
  • For 2014–2016, the death rate from colorectal cancer among blacks was 1.3 times that of whites.
  • In 2016, HIV was the 6th leading cause of death among women and the 8th leading cause of death among men for those ages 25–44.
  • Survival time from AIDS diagnosis to death is significantly shorter for females than males.
  • The greatest proportion of women (28%) diagnosed with HIV in 2016 were ages 50 and older.
  • In Florida, the majority (65%) of American Indians living with HIV in Florida through 2016 were diagnosed with HIV between the ages of 20 and 39.

February 2018

  • Florida Healthy Babies is a statewide initiative to positively influence social determinants and reduce racial disparity in infant mortality.
  • The Department’s Health Equity Program Council focuses on helping all Floridians achieve the highest level of health.
  • 19.2% of adults in Florida could not see a dentist in the past year because of cost.
  • 47.3% of adult Floridians have had a permanent tooth removed because of tooth decay or gum loss.
  • In 2015, 77% of Florida’s population received optimally fluoridated water through community water systems, contributing to better oral health.
  • Cancer and heart disease have been the top two leading causes of death in Florida for decades, accounting for 45.6% of all deaths in 2016.
  • Among cancer deaths, lung cancer is the most common, accounting for 25.3% of cancer deaths in 2016.
  • In 2016, Florida’s age-adjusted death rate for heart disease was 150.7 per 100,000, down from 253.1 in 1997.
  • In 2016, deaths from stroke were disproportionately greater for blacks than whites with a risk ratio of 1.5:1.
  • In 2016, deaths from prostate and cervical cancer were disproportionately greater for blacks than whites with risk ratios of 2.3:1 and 1.4:1, respectively.
  • 51 County Health Departments provide school-based preventive dental programs.
  • Every $1 invested in dental sealants applied by County Health Department dental programs yields $1.88 in dental treatment savings.
  • Oral screening projects have been conducted with Florida’s third grade and Early Head Start/Head Start populations.

January 2018

  • Cardiovascular conditions are the most common kinds of birth defects.
  • The age-adjusted lung cancer death rate decreased from 59.4 per 100,000 deaths in 1997 to 37.6 in 2016.
  • In 2016, 15.5% of adults reported they were current smokers.
  • In 2016, 62.1% of Florida’s smokers had tried to quit smoking in the past year.
  • Fewer mothers are smoking during pregnancy: 11.4% in 1997 and 5.1% in 2016.
  • In 2016, 58.0% of Florida adults reported they never smoked, up from 56.2% in 2015.
  • The age-adjusted cervical cancer death rate decreased from 3.4 per 100,000 in 1997 to 2.6 in 2016.
  • In 2016, 80.5% of adults said their overall health was “good” to “excellent.”
  • Reduce your risk of cervical cancer by not smoking.
  • The American Cancer Society reports that smoking doubles your risk for cervical cancer.
  • Increase your chance of having a healthy baby by preventing infections before and during pregnancy. #Prevent2Protect
  • The rate of infant deaths due to preterm and low birthweight causes has declined 25% between 2010 and 2016 from 1.2 to .9 per 1,000 live births.
  • Florida’s poverty rate has declined from 16.5% in 2011-2015 to 16.1% in 2012-2016.