The health of the people living in Baltimore, MD is a top priority for many local organizations. Local hospitals and medical facilities provide high-quality care and services to the residents of Baltimore. Some of these services include preventative care, acute care, mental health services, and specialty clinics. In addition to these services, there are also a number of initiatives focused on improving public health in the area. These initiatives include promoting healthy lifestyles and providing resources to underserved communities. These resources may include access to healthcare providers and education on topics such as nutrition, physical activity, and chronic disease management. With these efforts, Baltimore is taking steps towards improving the overall health of its citizens.
The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.
Physicians per Capita
There are 372 physicians per 100,000 population in Baltimore. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.
Health Cost Index
The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Baltimore area is 97.1 (lower=better). The US average is 100.
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Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.
Water Qualtiy Index
The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Baltimore area is 50 (100=best). The US average is 55.
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Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.
The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Baltimore area is 91 (100=best). The US average is 87.
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The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.
Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Baltimore commutes 30.7 minutes one-way, which is longer than the US average of 26.4 minutes.
Air Quality Index
The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Baltimore area is 42 (100=best). The US average is 58.
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This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.