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The U.S. Census Bureau recently (September 2015) released figures showing the percentage of persons without health insurance coverage by metropolitan area and by state for 2014.

Among the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, the San Francisco metro area (which includes Oakland and San Jose) ranked fifth for the smallest uninsured population. Boston was at the top of the list (that is, with the fewest uninsured residents), and Houston was at the bottom. In fact, three of the five worst cities for health insurance coverage are in Texas. Three other California cities were included in the list of the largest metropolitan areas: Los Angeles - ranked 20th, San Diego - ranked 15th, and Riverside - ranked 18th.

Here are the top five and the bottom five metro areas together with the percentage of uninsured persons in each location:

          Top Five         Boston                 3.8%
                                 Minneapolis         5.8%
                                 Baltimore             6.3%
                                 Pittsburgh            6.3%
                                 San Francisco     7.8%

          Bottom Five    Atlanta                15.4% 
                                 San Antonio        15.8%
                                 Dallas                 18.2%
                                 Miami                  19.4%
                                 Houston              19.6%

Among the 50 States and the District of Columbia, the highest rated state is Massachusetts with an uninsured rate of only 3.3 percent. The state with the greatest number of uninsured persons is Texas at 19.1 percent. The average uninsured rate throughout the United States is 11.7 percent. California ranked just below the mean at 12.4 percent.

One bit of good news is that the uninsured rate fell across all states and all large cities from 2013 to 2014.

For your health insurance needs, as well as for home, auto, life and commercial insurance, please contact Pfeifer Insurance Brokers.

Alex Pfeifer
Pfeifer Insurance Brokers
650 762-8087
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