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Announcing the Launch of the 500 Cities Project

Thursday, March 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
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We are excited to announce the launch of the interactive web application for the 500 Cities Project (available at The 500 Cities Project is a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Population Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the CDC Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This public, interactive website allows users to retrieve, view and explore uniformly-defined selected city and census tract-level data for the largest 500 US cities for conditions, behaviors, and risk factors that have a substantial impact on population health. The interactive mapping application also enables users to zoom in to their neighborhood and explore their local data in the larger context of their city. The release of the interactive web application complements the December 2016 release of the project map books and data. The project represents the first-of-its kind data analysis for the 500 largest American cities, and the census tracts within these cities, to identify, analyze and report data for 27 chronic disease measures.

Having data at the city and neighborhood level on key health measures like heart disease, diabetes, nutrition and physical activity will be invaluable to local public health officials and policymakers as they plan and implement activities to improve the health and wellbeing of their residents. Until now, no data have been made available on a large scale for cities and small areas within cities. High quality small area estimation data from the 500 Cities Project will help inform the development and implementation of effective and targeted public health prevention activities.

If you have questions about the 500 Cities Project you may send us an email at You can also visit for additional information about the project and subscribe to receive e-mail alerts when new information is available. Thank you for your ongoing interest in the 500 Cities Project. We look forward to hearing how you’ve used this data to promote health and prevent disease in your jurisdiction.

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