Population Characteristics

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    A population is a group of people within a certain area or in a specific group. Population characteristics are important to consider when describing how disease or illness affects people in a community. Certain factors, like your sex, age, or income, can influence your health and your risk during a public health emergency. The same is true for populations.

    Understanding a population is very important for public health programs and the study of the spread or pattern of sickness in a group of people (epidemiological studies). Knowing a population's characteristics can help public health professionals understand the relationship between environmental conditions and related diseases.1

    Population characteristics data are available on the MiTracking Data Portal.

    This map shows data from the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. The data are from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Please check out the Data section below for more information on these data.

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