Healthy Communities

BRFSS County Estimates

County-level BRFSS estimates are calculated using the annual state-level BRFSS survey data. 

Methodology for County-Level Estimates

Telephone numbers and zip codes are used to determine the number of responses to the state survey by county. Since the sample size for each county is based on telephone numbers, each county will be represented roughly in proportion to the number of residential telephone lines in that county. This results in wide variations in the number of interviews from each county. For example, Pulaski County—the largest in the state—had 660 complete interviews in 2005. On the other end, Lee County, which is much smaller, had only 18 interviews completed—too small for a reliable estimate. There are two ways to address this issue: 1) combine data for multiple years, or 2) combine data for adjacent counties. The Center for Health Statistics and epidemiologists at ADH decided to use data for single years and combine the data from adjacent counties to get enough interviews to develop a reliable estimate. This method is used for all counties. Individual weights are developed for each county, and a SAS statistical analysis program is used to calculate the estimates for health risk factors for each of the counties in the state.

All documents are in PDF format unless otherwise noted. 

Downloads (estimates for earlier years may be available upon request)
Arthritis 2017
Asthma 2017
Binge Drinking 2017
Blind-Difficulty Seeing 2017
Check-Up within past 2 years 2017
COPD 2017
Coronary Heart Disease 2017
Current Smoker 2017
Deaf 2017
Depression 2017
Diabetes 2017
Difficulty Walking-Climbing Stairs 2017
Educational Attainment - less than high school 2017
Exercise/Physical Activity - none in past month 2017
Flu Shot - adults 65+ who had no shot in past year 2017
General Health Status Good or Better 2017
High Blood Pressure 2017
HIV - never tested 2017
Income Less Than $10,000 (2017)
Medical Cost - could not afford to see doctor 2017
Mental Health Not Good 2+ of Last 30 Days 2017
Obesity/Overweight 2017
Personal Doctor - no health care provider 2017
Pneumonia Vaccination - adults 65+ who have never been vaccinated 2017
Told Had High Cholesterol 2017

2017 County Estimate reports created by BRFSS State Coordinator Mallory Jayroe, MS. CHES.

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