High Blood Pressure Dataenvironmental public health tracking


To provide ongoing surveillance on the burden and distribution of high blood pressure in Rhode Island.

Key Information

Self-reported information on high blood pressure risk factors and healthcare access.

Rhode Island Numbers 2017

  • One in three RI adults has diagnosed high blood pressure (hypertension ), but some are at higher risk than others.
  • High Blood Pressure is widespread across demographic categories, but risk increases with age, unhealthy weight, and limited social/economic resources.
  • Almost 1 in 4 adults with hypertension (24.2%) are also caring for someone else with a health problem or disability.

By Age

By Body Mass Index (BMI) Category

By Federal Poverty Level (FPL)*

Income as percent of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)*

Percent of adults with known hypertension





Below 200%


*In 2017, the FPL=$12,060 for one person and $24,600 for a family of 4.