More than 540,000 county residents under the age of 65 didn’t have health insurance in 2005, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau released today. That’s about 22 percent of the county.

Murtaza Baxamusa, research director for the Center on Policy Initiatives, tipped me off to the data’s release and broke down some of the San Diego stats:

In addition, the Census data shows that California has the largest number of uninsured (6.5 million) among any state in the country and ranks 8th among all states in the rate of uninsurance at 20.5%.

The Census Bureau broadly classifies health insurance coverage as either Private (including employment-based) coverage or Government-sponsored (including Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program) coverage.

The data is from 2005 because it comes from a survey completed every five years. Baxamusa expects updated data for insurance levels in the county from UCLA for 2007 later this year.

KELLY BENNETT

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