City Data

Our city data dashboard is a unique dataset comparing cities across more than 120 living conditions and health factors that shape residents’ lives, from smoking rates, to sexually transmitted diseases, to chronic diseases, to housing status.

Visit our city data dashboard

Visit the dashboard to gain unique insights into how cities are faring on a number of health measures. Data are updated annually in the spring.

This project is part of an innovative partnership with Drexel University’s Urban Health Collaborative.

Explore the data

Graph showing preterm  death rates by city in 2021. Detroit had the highest rate.

Compare cities

See how the nation’s largest cities fare on more than 120 health-related metrics.

Compare city data
Chart showing Black-white difference in life expectancy in 35 cities in 2021. Most cities show a significant difference, with Black life expectancy rates being lower.

Explore inequities

View some of the most salient health inequities faced by race and ethnicity in U.S. cities.

View inequity data
Subscribe to our newsletter
Anti-gun violence protest with child standing in foreground. Photo by Natalie Chaney on Unsplash.


Gun deaths in cities – our analysis

Over the past decade, nearly 67,000 gun deaths occurred in BCHC cities.
About 22 gun deaths occur each day. Two-thirds of these deaths were homicides, and nearly a third were suicides.

Learn more about how these data break down by race and ethnicity, city, and age.

Gun deaths in cities – our analysis See the data
Graph showing overdose deaths in big cities rising by 235% from 2010-2021


Drug overdose deaths in cities – our analysis

Lives lost to drug overdoses in big cities increased more than 300% over the last decade, with the impact felt most disproportionately by Black Americans.

In that same timeframe, synthetic opioids went from causing 1 in 10 drug overdose deaths to 9 in 10, largely because of the introduction of fentanyl.

Drug overdose deaths in cities – our analysis See the data

More city health metrics