High Cholesterol (Adult)

This indicator reports the percentage of adults aged 18 and older who self-report that they have ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that they had high blood cholesterol.
Report Area Survey Population
(Adults Age 18+)
Total Adults with High Cholesterol Percent Adults with High Cholesterol
Franklin County, PA 92,198 45,596 49.45%
Pennsylvania 7,669,036 2,906,160 37.89%
United States 180,861,326 69,662,357 38.52%
Note: This indicator is compared with the state average. Green - Better than state average, Red - Worse than state average.
Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Additional data analysis by CARES. 2011-12. Source geography: County

Adults Ever Diagnosed with High Cholesterol by Race / Ethnicity, Percent
Report Area White (Non-Hispanic) Black (Non-Hispanic) Other Race (Non-Hispanic) Hispanic / Latino
Pennsylvania 38.85% 30.07% 39.18% 38.47%
United States 39.95% 34.28% 35.42% 35.97%
Website Updated August 2016

High Cholesterol (Adult)

Data Background

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is

“... a collaborative project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. states and territories. The BRFSS, administered and supported by CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Branch, is an ongoing data collection program designed to measure behavioral risk factors for the adult population (18 years of age or older) living in households. ”
Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. Overview: BRFSS 2010.

The health characteristics estimated from the BRFSS include data pertaining to health behaviors, chronic conditions, access and utilization of healthcare, and general health. Surveys are administered to populations at the state level and then delivered to the CDC. BRFSS annual survey data are publically available and maintained on the CDC's BRFSS Annual Survey Data web page.


For more information on the BRFSS survey methods, or to obtain a copy of the survey questionnaires, please visit the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System home page.

Courtesy: Community Commons, <www.communitycommons.org>, August 2016