A population is a group of people within a certain area or in a specific group. Population characteristics are important to consider when describing how disease or illness affects people in a community. Certain factors, like your sex, age, or income, can influence your health and your risk during a public health emergency. The same is true for populations.
Understanding a population is very important for public health programs and the study of the spread or pattern of sickness in a group of people (epidemiological studies). Knowing a population's characteristics can help public health professionals understand the relationship between environmental conditions and related diseases.1
Population characteristics data are available on the MiTracking Data Portal.