Interactive Map of Diagnosed Diabetes Prevalence by County

Interactive Map of Diabetes Prevalence by County

Diabetes is a serious disease that is characterized by having high blood sugar levels over a long period of time. If left untreated, it can cause many complications, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney failure, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes.

Even with these serious consequences, the rate of diabetes in the United States has been steadily increasing. According to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are only 10 counties that experienced a decrease in the rate of diabetes prevalence from 2004 to 2012. The diabetes prevalence rate is the percentage of the current population that has been diagnosed with diabetes.

The 10 counties that experienced a decrease were:

County State Diabetes Prevalence 2004 Diabetes Prevalence 2012 Point Difference
McCracken County Kentucky 10.9% 9.8% 1.1
Arlington County Virginia 5.9% 4.9% 1.0
Hawaii County Hawaii 8.2% 7.8% 0.4
Beckham County Oklahoma 9.6% 9.2% 0.4
San Francisco County California 7.6% 7.3% 0.3
Roosevelt County Montana 13.2% 12.9% 0.3
Cuming County Nebraska 7.8% 7.5% 0.3
Mellette County South Dakota 13% 12.7% 0.3
Preston County West Virginia 10.8% 10.6% 0.2
Logan County Nebraska 9% 8.9% 0.1

The following counties had no change:

County State 2004 percent 2012 percent
Gallatin County Montana 4.20 4.20
Humboldt County Nevada 6.20 6.20
Hertford County North Carolina 14.40 14.40
Fairfax city Virginia 7.90 7.90
Whitman County Washington 6.50 6.50

If you would like to explore the data yourself, I have placed it on an interactive Tableau map below. Hover over each county to see details.



  1. Much confusion is perpetuated among the general public by lack of distinction between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This article relates to Type 2 diabetes.

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