A healthy city is a more competitive city, and Louisville’s health is influenced by a variety of factors. Our data suggest that we must address health behaviors, the health of our environment, and the accessibility of quality health care in order to advance Louisville to the top tier of our peers on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s healthy days metric. To get there we have to take care of our urban environment, promote healthful behaviors, and provide access to high-quality healthcare for all Louisvillians.

Health Outcomes

Health outcomes measure the impact of a community’s health infrastructure. A community must have access to preventive, chronic, and emergency medical care in order to thrive. Using health outcomes allows insight into the factors and the variables impacting the outcome. Louisville ranks 9th among peers in health outcomes.


    Health Outcomes

    Low Birthweight

    Poor or Fair Health

    Poor Physical Health Days

    Poor Mental Health Days

    Premature Death

Social & Economic Factors

Social and economic health is a measure of the total sum of factors influencing the wellbeing of a community, including factors such as people in high wage occupations, injury mortality rates, violent crimes, and social associations. The measure is a summary review of community wellbeing and approximates the total result of those factors. Louisville ranks 12th among peers in social and economic factors. Learn more about this metric.


    Social and Economic Health Factors

    Children Ages 0-17 in Poverty

    Social Associations

    Violent Crime

Health Behavior Factors

Investing in a community’s ability to engage in healthy and safe behaviors is vital to decreasing negative health outcomes, preventing infections and diseases, and even reducing mental health problems. Using factors such as obesity rates, smoking rates, and alcohol related deaths, an outline of community behavior and wellness can take shape and provide a clear indicator of what needs must be assessed to improve community health. Learn more about this metric.


    Health Behavior Factors

    Physical Inactivity

    Teen Births

    Sexually Transmitted Infections

    Access to Exercise Opportunities

    Adult Obesity

    Food Environment Index

    Adult Smoking

    Alcohol-Impaired Driving Deaths

    Excessive Drinking

Clinical Care Factors

Access to clinical care is important for maintaining the health of a community. Clinical care access is an excellent indicator for the status of a community’s overall health infrastructure, including access to providers and services and environmental and other factors that impact and support the public’s access to care. Using factors such as available dentists and medical care providers coupled with insurance rates gives an overview of a community’s health infrastructure, enhancing our ability to target needed efforts. Learn more about this metric.



    Preventable Hospital Stays

    Primary Care Physicians

    Mental Health Providers


    Diabetes Monitoring

    Mammography Screening

Physical Environment Factors

Physical environment metrics measure the health of the environment as well as factors that impact a healthy environment such as transportation and housing. A community’s physical environment impacts the economy directly and indirectly through health and safety costs. Setting goals to reduce pollution, address the housing crisis, and improve the transit infrastructure can result in a general improvement of the health of a community. Louisville ranks 9th in physical environment. Learn more about this metric.


    Air Pollution

    Commute Time

    Driving Alone to Work

    Severe Housing Problems