It’s hot off the presses and available now: the Pasadena Public Health Department’s 2012 Quality of Life Index Report. The report was officially released during a special celebration in August highlighting the City Health Department’s 120th anniversary of public service.
The report looks at income, employment, housing and education data as key social and economic factors that affect and influence the quality of life and the overall health of a community. Among the report’s key findings are:
• There has been a 79.3% reduction in unhealthy air quality days since 2002 in Pasadena.
• In Pasadena, the number of high school graduates decreased 6% since 2007, and those with less than a high school diploma increased 4%.
• About 22% of Pasadena’s adults are obese.
• Almost 25% of the non-elderly adult population in Pasadena has no medical insurance.
• Self-harm, or suicide, was the 10th most common cause of death on America, while accidents, or unintentional injury, ranks as the fifth-highest cause of death. Heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death.
• Whooping Cough, virtually unheard of in the late 1970s, is showing up again.
Copies of the 2012 report are now available online at www.cityofpasadena.net/qualityoflifeindex or you can call (626) 744-6177 for more information.