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Quality of Health

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Coverage rates among Silicon Valley residents under age 64 are higher than those in California or the U.S.
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Percentage of Population with Health Insurance
By Age
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, California, and the United States
% of pop with health insurance chart
% of pop with health insurance table
Data source:

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

The percentage of Silicon Valley public school students who are overweight or obese has declined steadily since 2005, while remaining consistently lower than rates in the state.
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Students Overweight or Obese
Percentage of Student Population that is Overweight or Obese
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, and California
student obesity chart

*Methodology for physical fitness testing by the California Department of Education was modified in 2011; the 2011-2013 data cannot be used for comparison purposes with data from previous years.

Data source:

California Department of Education, Physical Fitness Testing Research Files

kidsdata.org

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

The percentage of Silicon Valley adults who are overweight increased between 2009 and 2012, while obesity levels remained steady.
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Adults Overweight or Obese
Percentage of Adult Population that is Overweight or Obese
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties , California
Data source:

California Health Interview Survey

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Kindergarten immunization rates surpass 2007-08 levels
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Kindergarten Immunizations
Percent of Kindergarten Students with All Required Immunizations
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, and California
Data source:

California Department of Public Health, Kindergarten Immunization Assessment

Analysis:
Collaborative Economics
Infant mortality rate is significantly down in the region and state.
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Infant Mortality Rate
Number of Deaths per 1,000 Births
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, California
Note:

Data are provided by the California Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, Health Information and Strategic Planning, 1994-2011. Silicon Valley estimates are for San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

Data source:

California Department of Public Health, Center for Health Statistics

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Most Silicon Valley caregivers are between the ages of 40 and 64.
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Age of Silicon Valley Caregivers
2009
Note:

Caregivers are defined as adults who have provided care to a family member or friend with an illness in the past year.

Data source:

California Health Interview Survey

Analysis:

Collaborative Economics

Over half of Silicon Valley caregivers work full-time and a third are unemployed.
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Work Status of Caregivers
Silicon Valley and California, 2009

* Data not statistically significant for Silicon Valley.

Note:

Caregivers are defined as adults who have provided care to a family member or friend with an illness in the past year.

Data source:

California Health Interview Survey

Analysis:

Collaborative Economics