2005 data on health insurance coverage by county

The Census Bureau last week published its Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE), with 2005 data broken out in several usable formats, including: familiar county-level GIS maps in PDF format; dynamically generated interactive tables with the data broken out by state, state-specific counties and all counties; and, of course, raw data up the yazoo.

And brace yourselves for the newer data estimates coming your way next year. In its accompanying press release, the Census Bureau observes: “Currently, SAHIE are the only source for county-level estimates of health insurance coverage status. Starting next year the Census Bureau will also release such estimates from its American Community Survey. Single-year estimates will be available for all geographic areas with total populations of 65,000 or more, with three-year estimates being released in 2011 for all areas with total populations of at least 20,000.”