When looking for health statistics, it may be useful to keep in mind a few rules of thumb:
- It takes time to compile information. Sometimes the most recent statistical data will be 3 or more years old.
- Check the sources of statistics that you find. If you need more detail, you may be able to contact the agency, organization, or company that prepared the data.
- Sometimes you may not be able to locate figures at a municipal or even a county level. If you absolutely need more local data, you may have to contact the local health department directly to find out if the information is available.
- It is usually easier to find data on "reportable" diseases. Health care providers are required to provide statistics on them.