Population Characteristics

Geographic areas were selected for inclusion in the SEER Program based on their ability to operate and maintain a high quality population-based cancer reporting system and for their epidemiologically significant population subgroups.

Number of Persons by Race and Hispanic Ethnicity for SEER Participants (2010 Census Data)

Characteristics of the SEER Population Compared with the Total United States Population

The population covered by SEER is comparable to the general US population with regard to measures of poverty and education. The SEER population tends to have a higher proportion of foreign-born persons than the general US population.

Bar graph comparing three characteristics of the SEER and total US populations.

* The data source for these statistics is the U.S. Census Bureau, 2007-2011 American Community Survey. SEER areas included in this figure are the States of Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Utah; multi-country areas of Atlanta, rural Georgia, remaining counties of Georgia, Detroit, San Francisco-Oakland, Seattle-Puget Sound, San Jose-Monterey, Los Angeles county, remaining counties of California; and American Indians/Alaska Natives in Arizona, Alaska and Cherokee Nation.