Blue Springs Report Card

Demographic and Socioeconomic Indicators

According to the 2013-2017 population estimates, the city of Blue Springs had 54,036 residents. Of these, 48.2% were male and 51.8% were female. 84.4% of the population in Blue Springs identified as White and 5.4% identified as Hispanic or Latino. Additionally, 8.3% of Blue Springs residents are living below the poverty level.

Life Expectancy in Blue Springs

Life Expectancy at birth provides an estimate of the number of years a person is expected to live. A high life expectancy can be attributed to a number of factors, including improved lifestyle, better education, higher income, and greater access to healthcare. A low life expectancy can bring to light existing health disparities in a community, such as crime, poverty, and poor access to affordable healthcare. In Blue Springs, life expectancy ranges from 75.7 to 84.8. Census Tract 141.05 and 141.01 are 54th and Census Tract 149.04 is 1st out of the 78 Census Tracts in all of EJC. Most census tracts in Blue Springs have a life expectancy higher than EJC's at 77.7.

National Center for Health Statistics. U.S. Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimates Project (USALEEP): Life Expectancy Estimates File for {Jurisdiction}, 2010-2015]. National Center for Health Statistics. 2018. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/usaleep/usaleep.html.

Community Comments

Top Health Concerns:

1. 44% of Blue Springs residents identified Distracted Driving as a top health concern. 
2. 35% of Blue Springs residents identified Overweight and Obesity as a top health concern.
3. 34% of Blue Springs residents identified Alcohol and Drug Use as a top health concern. 

Top Factors for a Health Community: 

1. 49% of Blue Springs residents identified Safe Neighborhoods as a top healthy community factor. 

2. 39% of Blue Springs residents identified Good Schools as a top healthy community factor. 

3. 29% of Blue Springs residents identified Good Jobs and a Healthy Economy as a top healthy community factor. 

Fluoride:

Approximately 64% of Blue Springs residents say that safe amounts of fluoride should be added to the drinking water. 

Policy in Place: Not currently 

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Tobacco 21:

Approximately 82% of Blue Springs residents say the minimum age of purchase and sale of tobacco products should be 21. 

Policy in Place: Not currently

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Clean Indoor Air:

Approximately 82% of Blue Springs residents say tobacco products should not be allowed to be used inside all public places. 

Policy in Place: Yes

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Electronic Cigarettes:

Approximately 69% of Blue Springs residents say electronic cigarette use should not be allowed inside all public places. 

Policy in Place: Not currently 

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Tobacco and Alcohol Retailers: 

Approximately 40% of Blue Springs residents say the city should limit the number of tobacco and alcohol retailers. 

Policy in Place: Partially

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Food Inspection Scores:

Approximately 77% of Blue Springs residents say restaurants should be ranked or graded based on their food inspection score. 

Policy in Place: Not currently 

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