Jacksonville has a thriving health care ecosystem, with at least five major health care enterprises operating within the city. Because of the number of hospital systems in the area, the city has the second-highest number of physicians, per capita, in Florida. Despite the size of the health care workforce, Duval County was ranked 44th out of Florida’s 67 counties in health outcomes, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2019 County Health Rankings.
For example, life expectancy in Duval County is below the state average, and the overall age-adjusted death rate in Duval County is higher than the state’s rate. Additionally, the burden of chronic disease is higher in Jacksonville, with the 2017 age-adjusted death rate for diabetes and cardiovascular disease being higher than the state’s mortality rates. Like other large urban communities, these adverse outcomes are not equally shared between neighborhoods.
The chart below illustrates how our area’s metrics compare with those of the entire state.