Monterey County Core Metrics
In the spirit of shared responsibility for maintaining the health of individuals and the population, the Vital Signs Core Metrics report named Engaged People as a domain. The notion of engagement includes both the individual and the community. At the community level, such initiatives as those focused on preventing motor vehicle-related injuries, reducing sedentary behavior in workplaces, and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke that have led to significant improvements in health outcomes often depend on the active engagement of communities.
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English Language Literacy
In Monterey County, the percent of limited English speaking households is three times the percent in the United States overall.
Data were calculated and presented by the American Community Survey 2014, 1-year estimates. A limited English speaking household is defined as one in which no member 14 years or older 1) speaks only English, or 2) speaks a non-English language and speaks English "very well."
The percent of registered voters who voted in the election of November 2014 was nearly the same in Monterey County (45%) than in California (42%) or the United States (59%).
Statistics for California and county were calculated and presented by the California Secretary of State, Voter Participation Statistics by County. Statistics for the United States (US) were calculated and presented by the US Census Bureau, Voting and Registration in the Election of 2014 - Detailed Tables.
The percent of adults who met with others about community problems in the past year was similar in Monterey County (17.3%) and California (17.8%).
The percent of Latino adults who met with others about community problems in the past year was similar in Monterey County (13%) and California (12.2%).
Adults who met with others about community problems in the past year is defined using the results from the California Health Interview Survey, 2011-2014, pooled estimates. Estimates that are statistically unstable are not presented here.