Sociodemographic measures provide information on factors that can influence environmental exposures and human health. These measures are based on population. The relationship between these measures with exposure and health is based on epidemiological studies. Individual factors and genetics, which are a component of health risk factors, are not part of these data.
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Tracking Sociodemographics in Louisiana
The Health Data Explorer contains data and information on the following sociodemographics measures:
Percent below 18 years of age
Percent 65 and older
Ethnicity / Race
Percent non-Hispanic African American
Percent American Indian and Alaskan Native
Percent Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander
Percent non-Hispanic White
Number with high school diploma by age 25
Percent with high school diploma by age 25
Number of unemployed
Number of workers > 16 years of age
Percent of labor force unemployed
Percent part-time workers
Percent of self-employed workers
Family and Social Support
Access to health care
Number of primary care physicians
Number of uninsured children
Percent of uninsured children
Number of uninsured
Percent of uninsured
Rate of primary care physicians per 100,000 population
Ratio of population to primary care physicians
Access to Food
Percent of children eligible for free lunch
Number in poverty
Percent in Poverty
Number of children in poverty
Percent of children in poverty
Median household income
Number of population not proficient in English
Percent of population not proficient in English
- Population, age, gender, race/ethnicity and location data come from the US Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program (PEP). PEP produces estimates of the population for the United States, its states, parishes, cities, and towns. Demographic components of population change (births, deaths, and migration) are produced at the national, state, and parish levels of geography. Evaluations of the census data were completed by the Census and provide information about data quality and limitations. These reports are available at http://www.census.gov/pred/www
- Language and education data come from the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS). ACS is a nationwide survey designed to provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing. It is a critical element in the Census Bureau's re-engineered decennial census program. The ACS collects and produces population and housing information every year instead of every ten years.
- Income data come from the US Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Program. The goal of SAIPE is to provide more current estimates of selected income and poverty statistics than those from the most recent decennial census. Estimates are created for school districts, parishes, and states. These estimates combine data from administrative records, intercensal population estimates, and the decennial census with direct estimates from the American Community Survey to provide consistent and reliable single-year estimates.
- Health insurance data comes from the US Census Bureau's Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program. SAHIE produces estimates of health insurance coverage for states and all parishes.
- Access to food data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES has an extensive Statistical Standards Program that consults and advises on methodological and statistical aspects involved in the design, collection, and analysis of data collections in the Center.
- Information on the rate and ratios of primary care physicians was obtained from the Area Resource File (ARF) from the US Department of Health and Human Services. ARF is a collection of data from more than 50 sources, including: American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, US Census Bureau, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Center for Health Statistics.
- Employment data come from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.