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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 23/30, 2020

Hypertension Rates in Rural Areas Outpace Those in Urban Locales

JAMA. 2020;323(24):2454. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.9382

Hypertension rates in rural areas are more than 10% higher than in most urban areas, according to a CDC survey.

An analysis of data from the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System showed that 40% of participants in the most rural areas and 29.4% in the most urban areas reported having a hypertension diagnosis. Prevalence varied widely, from less than 1 in 5 in some counties to more than half the population in others. Most counties in the predominantly rural Southeast and in Appalachia had high hypertension rates, many that topped 50%.

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