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CDC's BRFSS Map Tool

The CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (more info) is a mapping tool that illustrates health risks at national, state, and local levels.

Get Started!

  • From the BRFSS front page you will be prompted to Select a Year (Note: currently only 2002 is available) and a Data Category you would like to display on your map (i.e. asthma, nutrition, women's health, etc.). Select your data and hit the GO button.
  • You will be taken to a screen with several questions and responses. Choose the Question/response information you would like to display on your map by clicking the highlighted response.
BRFSS Screen Shot

Understanding Your Map

  • The center map window displays the data you choose on a map of the entire United States as well as Guam, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
  • On the left hand side you will find the map key.
    • You can change the information displayed by clicking the check boxes (States and MSA Metropolitan/micropolitan statistical area).
  • From the right hand side of the map window you can zoom in and zoom out, center, pan, reset, print and save the map using the corresponding buttons.
    • The info button/tool Information Button will provide you with statistical information for the state or MSA of interest.
      1. Click on the Info icon/tool.
      2. Click on the state or MSA of interest.
      3. A table with state or MSA statistical information will appear. (Note: you browser must allow pop-ups to see the data)
  • Hot links at the top of the page allow you to select a different question, view prevelance notes and find answers to FAQs.