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  • November 2017
    2016 King County Medical Examiner's Annual Report
    The Medical Examiner's Office 2016 Annual Report presents detailed analyses of the different manners of death, as well as trends in homicides, traffic fatalities, and drug overdose deaths. While the report tends to depict the more violent types of death, it is worth noting that nearly 40% of Medical Examiner cases were classified as natural deaths.

  • October 2017
    Affordable Care Act in King County: Health insurance coverage increases

    After Medicaid expansion and the launch of the WA Healthplanfinder health exchange in October, 2013, health insurance in King County increased for all age groups, all income levels, all races/ethnicitites and adults that were employed and unemployed.

  • July 2017
    2015 Smile Survey Summary: King County
    In 2015, as part of an oral health assessment conducted every five years, the Washington State Department of Health conducted a statewide oral health Smile Survey of 13,704 elementary school children in kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grades and 1,479 children in Head Start/ECEAP preschool programs.

Reports and publications by category


September 2012
Youth Consumption of Sugary Drinks in King County

The consumption of sugary drinks has been linked to risks for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and hypertension. Because one in five youth in King County is overweight or obese, reducing the amount of sugary drinks young people consume is a key strategy for improving health.

March 2012
Youth Obesity in King County

Obesity is a national problem that has significant costs to the health care system and society as a whole. The direct medical cost of obesity in adults is about $500 million in King County annually. In King County, whether our children are likely to be overweight or obese differs by gender, race/ethnicity, and where children live.

March 2002
Overweight and Obesity in King County
The percentage of King County residents who are overweight or obese has risen rapidly over the last 15 years. By 2001, one in every two King County adults were either overweight or obese.

April 2007
Diabetes in King County

The number of people in King County with diabetes doubled in the past decade. Such a rapid increase in the occurrence of a chronic illness is very rare. Diabetes now affects 84,000 adults in King County or 5.8% of the adult population.

November 1999
Diabetes in King County

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which insulin deficiency and/or resistance to insulin action leads to a high level of sugar in the blood. The prevalence of diabetes has been increasing, especially in minority populations.

November 2005
Asthma in King County
The impact of asthma has increased markedly over the past two decades, making it a leading public health issue. It is the most common chronic childhood illness and accounts for large numbers of missed school and work days for children and their caregivers.

February 1998
Childhood Asthma Hospitalizations, King County, 1987-1996

Over the previous 10 years, childhood hospitalizations for asthma have been increasing in King County, even as the rate of all other childhood hospitalizations have decreased.

January 2001
Cancer on Vashon-Maury Island
This report is a follow-up to a July, 2000 report on arsenic, cadmium and lead contamination of soils on Vashon-Maury Island (VMI) and the nearby areas of the mainland. It is a review of available cancer incidence (defined as new cases) and mortality (deaths) data for types of cancer that have been related to arsenic exposure.

  • 2009-2011
    Uninsured adults (ages-18-64) by King County city, 2009-2011

  • 1995-2004
    The Uninsured in King County
    This report describes the lack of health insurance in King County for the last 10 years of available data (1995-2004). The increasing burden falls on the entire safety net, with community health centers, public health centers and hospitals trying to cope with the health care costs of clients who are uninsured or underinsured.

  • 1991-1998
    The Uninsured in King County
    In King County, disparities in insurance coverage exist by income, race and age. Lower-income adults (in households earning less than $25,000/year) are 10 times more likely to lack coverage than those with higher incomes ($50,000 or more per year), with trend data indicating that disparities in insurance coverage have increased since 1991.