Health Statistics & Demographics: Home

A guide providing more detailed information on where to find health statistics and demographic information for NYS and the Southern Tier region.

Census Data

The United States Census is the primary source for demographic and social data collection across the United States. In addition to conducting the Census every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau gathers data on a wide variety of topics that provides information on the nation's population and economy.

U.S. Census Bureau | Subjects A-Z

American FactFinder
Primary source for recent decennial census data (2010, 2000), the American Community Survey, Population Estimates, and annual Economic Surveys.

Census 2010 Home 

Census2000 Gateway 

Economic Census
5 year survey to provide a national snapshot of the economy, from the national to local level.  Bartle Library also has this in print, check the Library Catalog for details

Neighborhood Change Database
Provides selected variables from the 1970 - 2010 decennial censuses at the nation, state, county, or census tract levels. Where available, normalized time-series data can be accessed in Census 2010 tract boundaries. 
CD-ROM located on Data Workstation in Government Documents Room. 

County and City Data Book (Bartle Reference HA206 .S865, 1952 - )
Provides in-depth data sets for areas of 100,000 people or more.

State and County Quick Facts
provides quick access to population, business and geography information

2000 Census of Population and Housing, New York (Bartle Library Gov. Docs. C 3.223/23:2000 PHC-2-34)
The 2000 census data for New York State including one volume on Broome County. Much of this information is also available via the American FactFinder.

Population changes: Southern Tier East Region, 1940-1990: Final Report.
(Bartle Reference HA545 .P6 1991)

Federal and international health statistics

  • Fedstats
    Central index for federally produced statistics. You can search or browse by topic. Generally, searching for broader topics works best.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (Bartle Ref Desk HA 206 .S8, older issues kept in Reference)
    This is the primary source for summaries of U.S statistics on all topics, released annually. The print version is the most user-friendly.
  • Current Population Reports (Bartle Library Gov Docs. C 3.186/2 through 27 and Docs. C 3.186:P)
    Published on a periodic or irregular basis by the Census Bureau. These reports contain up-to-date statistics on population counts, characteristics and other special studies. Use the Subject Index below to identify reports on groups or topics of interest, e.g., Children & Youth, Older Population, Health & Disability.
  • Health United States (Bartle Reference RA 407.3 .H43, older issues Gov Docs HE 20.7042/6:)
    National trends in health statistics on such topics as birth and death rates, infant mortality, life expectancy, morbidity and health status, risk factors, use of ambulatory care and inpatient care, health personnel and facilities, financing of health care, health insurance and managed care, and other health topics. Data compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Bartle Reference Gov Docs. HE 20.7009:)
    Select Publications for back issues. Weekly listing of all deaths for 121 selected surveillance cities, notifiable diseases for the nation and states, and an annual summary. (Binghamton is not a surveillance city)
  • SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services
    Povides guidance and technical assistance to decision makers at all levels of government on the design, structure, content, and use of mental health information systems, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of mental health programs and services delivery. 
  • Vital and Health Statistics Series (Bartle Reference Government Documents HE 20.6209:)
    Contains information on diseases, demographics, health care utilization, health resources, mortality, marriage, and divorce gathered from the irregular National Health Interview Survey
  • U.S. Department of Labor - Statistics
    Statistics related to unemployment, wages, etc.
  • Office of Minority Health Data and Statisitcs
    Improves and protects the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.
  • AgingStats - (Administration on Aging (AOA) U.S.)
    Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-related statistics. Provides links to Excel charts, reports, presentations and papers.
  • America's Health Rankings - (United Health Foundation)
    A yearly assessment of the relative healthiness of the nation, based upon analysis of comprehensive determining factors such as personal behaviors, the environment in which people live and work, the decisions made by public and elected officials and the quality of medical care delivered by health professionals.
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - State-based system of health surveys that collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury.

New York Information

Also see the Census information.

  • County Health Rankings: New York State
    Shows that where we live matters to our health. The health of a community depends on many different factors – ranging from individual health behaviors, education and jobs, to quality of health care, to the environment. This collection of 50 reports – one per state – helps community leaders see that where we live, learn, work, and play influences how healthy we are and how long we live. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to develop these Rankings for each state’s counties..

  • New York State Statistical Yearbook  (Bartle Library Reference HA544 .A2, 1967- present.)
    Single most comprehensive source of NYS statistics.

Pennsylvania Health Information

Also see the Census information.

Regional Information

While many of the sources above provide data at the county level, most do not provide data at the municipal level. The following are sources that provide data below the county level.

Other useful sites

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