Shasta is a county located in the northern California, and was established in 1850. The county was named after Mount Shasta and was derived from a name of an Indian tribe. Shasta County has a total area of 3,847.44 square miles reaching from the Sacramento Valley to the southern reaches of Cascade Range. This county is famous for its wonderful outdoor destinations. Many visitors were attracted by the county’s natural beauty, numerous restaurants, and a variety of shopping areas. In this research paper, I will discuss about general demographics and socioeconomic status of Shasta County breaking down into age and ethnicities. In addition, I will also elaborate on the public health services and programs available to individuals in this county. Shasta County actively provides collaborative services to protect and improve their resident’s health needs.
According to the United States Census Bureau in 2012, Shasta County estimated a total of 178,586 people, compared to the 38,041,430 total population of California. A projection stated the fact that population in Shasta County increase annually with an average increase of 1 percent, and now stated to be the 30th most populated county out of 58 counties in the state of California In Shasta County, the population is comprised of 5.7% kids under the age of 5, 21.8% children under the age of 18, and 18.1% people the age of 65 and over. The largest Shasta racial and ethnic groups are White with 88.9%, following that isHispanic or Latin Origin with 8.9%, American Indian and Alaska Natives of 3.1%, Asian 2.7%, and lastly, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander by 0.2% (United States Census Bureau, 2012).
In the above socioeconomic status data from the County-level data sets of 2013, it shows the children poverty rate of California in compared to Shasta County in 2011. As of 2011, the percent of total population in poverty in California is 16.6%, and child poverty rate is 22.8%. On the other hand, in Shasta County, the total people in poverty is said to be 19.4%, which is 2.8% higher than the percentage of California population. In addition, child poverty rate in Shasta County is 25.3%, which is 2.5% higher than the average percentage of children poverty in California.
According to the UCLA 2011, Adult’s Health Profile, the percent total of uninsured citizens between ages of 18 to 64 inShasta County is 26.5%, which had uninsured rates above the statewide average of 26.4%. The total insured citizens in Shasta County estimated to be 75%, access healthcare coverage through Medicare, Medi-Cal (California’s version of Medicaid for low-income people), employment-based insurance, or private health insurance. To be more specific, about 50.4% of total citizens are on employment-base insurance, 9.6% are under medi-Cal, and 13.6% are under other types of coverage. In 2014, U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required to have health care coverage. Therefore, those uninsured must have access to health care...