How healthy is West Hollywood?
UCLA asks over 20,000 people a year about their health for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). We wondered what CHIS has to say about the health of residents of West Hollywood.
There aren’t enough CHIS respondents in West Hollywood to be a statistically valid sample. Instead, UCLA combines statewide CHIS results with Census data to predict what the city’s residents would say about their health. Most of answers are about adults, because there aren’t enough minors in the city to get good estimates.
Overall level of adult health
By one measure, the overall level of adult health is better in West Hollywood than in Los Angeles, the county, and the state. That measure is the estimated percentage of residents ages 18 to 64 in poor or fair health. Only 15% are in poor or fair health in West Hollywood versus 22% in Los Angeles, 21% in the county, and 19% in the state.
By the same measure, West Hollywood’s adult health isn’t as good as Santa Monica’s. Santa Monica has only 10% in poor or fair health versus 15% in West Hollywood. The West Hollywood estimate is almost the same as Culver City and Beverly Hills (14%).
The chart below shows the same estimates as horizontal lines and 95% confidence intervals as vertical lines. The confidence intervals indicate the range of uncertainty around each estimate. The true number may differ from the estimate, but it’s probably somewhere within the confidence interval. West Hollywood’s big confidence interval means that the differences between West Hollywood and the other cities — except Los Angeles — are suggestive but not statistically significant at the 95% level.
Based on the UCLA numbers, West Hollywood leads the westside in adults experiencing serious psychological stress. The estimate is 14% or one in seven residents. The numbers are lower in the other westside cities (10% or 11%), the county (9%), and the state (8%).
According to the numbers, West Hollywood also leads the westside cities in the percentage of adults ever diagnosed with asthma (16%). The state average is 14%. The other westside cities have 11% or 12%.
The estimated share of residents diagnosed with heart disease doesn’t differ much among the westside cities. Beverly Hills leads with 7%, followed by West Hollywood with 6%. The lowest is Culver City with 5%.
For diabetes, Santa Monica (5%) and West Hollywood (6%) have the lowest estimated occurrence among westside cities. Los Angeles, the county, and the state are at 9% or 10%.
UCLA also estimates the prevalence of health factors such as smoking. The chart below compares the estimates for West Hollywood to Santa Monica and Los Angeles.
West Hollywood is in the middle for smoking and obesity. It may have more people delaying getting prescriptions or medical care than the other two cities.
According to the UCLA estimates, almost half of adults in West Hollywood walk at least two-and-a-half hours a week (for whatever reason). West Hollywood is one of only six cities statewide with an estimate that high.
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