Community Data

Chronic Kidney Disease

Quick Facts:

  • About 15% (37 million) of adults in the United States have been diagnosed with Kidney Disease. This equals out to be a little more than 1 in 7 adults.
  • 1 in every 3 US adults are at risk for developing kidney disease.
  • In Texas, about 8.4% of adults 65 years or older have kidney disease as of 2020. The US population of 65 years old or older had a 7.2% rate of kidney disease in 2020.
  • In 2019, Texas had a 7.1% of kidney disease in residents 65 years or older, leading to a 1.3% increase in the prevalence of kidney disease.
  • According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (2021), about 14% of the Hispanic population, about 16% of African Americans, about 13% of the white population, and about 13% of the Asian population had kidney disease.

What is Kidney Disease?

Kidney disease is a loss of kidney function. Commonly the loss function is gradual, known as chronic kidney disease. The kidney’s job in your body is to filter extra water and waste out of blood and make urine. So when there is a decrease in function, the kidneys aren’t filtering blood as they should. Kidneys can damage or worsen over several months or years. Chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure. Kidney disease can be caused by other diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Additionally, kidney disease may occur as a result of prolonged inflammation in or around the kidneys, hereditary diseases, polycystic kidney disease, prolonged kidney stones, drugs that are toxic to the kidneys, some cancers, or recurrent kidney infections. For more information, visit or click here.


Risk Factors:

  • Family history of kidney disease
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Medications
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Age 
  • Additional chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or high blood pressure

Kidney Disease in Our Community

Darker colors on the interactive maps indicate worse outcomes.

In 2018 and in 2019, approximately 2.9% of Taylor County residents over the age of 18 were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Among zip codes in Taylor County, 79603 and 79566 had the highest percentage of residents diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Approximately 3.6% of adults over the age of 18 years old in these zip codes reported having kidney disease. The Taylor County zip codes with the lowest prevalence of chronic kidney disease were 79699 and 79607, which reported 0.8% and 1.0%, respectively.

Data value category ranges: 25.2 – 29.5 | 29.6 – 33.9 | 34.0 – 38.3 | 38.4 – 42.7 | 42.8 – 47.3

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