In an analysis of 2019 American Community Survey 1-year data, the U.S Census Bureau found that young adults had a higher uninsured rate than any other age group in the country, and estimates for the uninsured in this age group increased from 2018 to 2019. The charts and map below consider the rates of uninsured in the Atlanta area.
The MSA’s Uninsured, 2010, 2015 and 2019
The first chart shows the rate of uninsured in the Atlanta MSA and reveals that adults reliably make up the largest group of uninsured residents. Furthermore, the younger the adult, the more likely that adult is to be uninsured, even after the Affordable Care Act made health insurance more accessible.
The second chart highlights the differences that exist between the three time periods (of 2010, 2015, and 2019). Negative numbers are actually a good thing here, because they indicate the share of Atlantans lacking insurance decreased between the time periods in question. The chart highlights that the years following passage of the Affordable Care Act saw a reduction in the rates of residents lacking health insurance, with the largest effect (decline in share uninsured) for those aged 18 to 24. While the time period between 2015 to 2019 saw comparatively less change, the largest observed change, tragically, is a 1 point increase in the rates of uninsured children.
The 10-County’s Uninsured by Tract
The map below shows the rates of uninsured Atlantans by Census tract, using ACS 2014 to 2018 rolling averages. Click on any Census tract to see the estimated rate of uninsured in that area, along with other demographic details about the uninsured.