Public Health Data

A broad scope of information is used to guide and evaluate our efforts to safeguard and enhance the health of Pierce County's communities. Much of this information is gained through the collection, analysis, and interpretation of public health data. Useful in tasks such as community needs assessment, grant writing, program planning and evaluation, and guiding public health policy-public health data are essential to the work of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and potentially great value to our community partners.

Links to the left are organized around several key areas of public health data. Each link will lead to a variety of resources, including selected county data, published reports, and/or additional sources of information at the county, state and national level.

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Pierce County Health Indicators (updated 08/17)
The Pierce County Health Indicators help measure the health of Pierce County residents and inform the programs and policies of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and its community partners. Along with the Local Public Health Indicators, these health indicators provide a snapshot of health status, health behavior, and public health system performance at the local level. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department uses these data to help evaluate its programs and decide where to invest limited public health resources to improve community health. The indicators can also provide other community health organizations and agencies with some of the information they need to develop effective programs and to gauge system progress in meeting specific health outcomes. An additional indicator site you may find helpful is the County Health Rankings (best viewed in Mozilla Firefox or the latest Internet Explorer browsers).

Opioid Trends In Pierce County

The opioid epidemic ravaging communities across the country has hit Pierce County. A new report prepared by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington and commissioned by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department shows the scope of the problem here. 704 individuals died from Opioid overdose between 2005-2014 with an increasing proportion of those deaths involving heroin. The largest increase in heroin overdose deaths from 2004 to 2014 occurred among younger people ages 15 to 34 years. According to a recent statewide survey of syringe exchange clients, 57% of those who inject heroin said they were “hooked on” prescription opiates before they began using heroin.

To obtain additional health data most appropriate to your needs, please contact the Office of Assessment, Planning & Improvement at 253-798-7377 or