San Miguel County Health Highlights: Percentage of the Population Age 65 and Over
New Mexico Population Demographics: Percentage of the Population Age 65+
San Miguel County Compared to State
*Description of Dashboard Gauge
Description of the Dashboard GaugeThis "dashboard" type graphic is based on the community data on the right. It compares the community value on this indicator to the state overall value.
The community value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the community's 95% confidence interval. If the community's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the community's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the community and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a community should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the community number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
Why Is This Important?The age distribution of a population is related to several health measures, such as the prevalence of chronic disease and the demand for family planning and immunization services. Younger populations, that is, those with a higher percentage of children and young adults, will appear to be healthier when looking at death and hospitalization rates that have not been age-adjusted. For this reason, it is important to use age-adjusted rates when comparing areas that have different age distributions.
Percentage of the Population Age 65 and Over by County, New Mexico, 2010
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Data SourcesPopulation Source: Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) Population Estimates, University of New Mexico. http://www.unm.edu/~bber/. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. http://factfinder2.census.gov/main.html
Measure Description for New Mexico Population Demographics: Percentage of the Population Age 65+
Definition: The percentage of the population that is older adults.
Numerator: Number of older adults (age 65 and over) in the population.
Denominator: Total number of persons in the population.
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Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 11/02/2011