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2016 BRFSS Survey Results: Eastern North Carolina**

Health Literacy

How difficult is it for you to understand information that doctors, nurses and other health professionals tell you? Would you say it is Ö

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  Total
Respond.^
Very easy Somewhat easy Somewhat difficult Very difficult
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
North Carolina 5,514 3,578 63.7 62.1-65.3 1,552 28.8 27.3-30.3 319 6.3 5.5- 7.2 65 1.2 0.8- 1.6
-Eastern NC 2,008 1,311 64.0 61.3-66.6 537 27.5 25.1-30.0 136 7.5 6.1- 9.1 24 1.1 0.6- 1.9
GENDER
Male 903 572 60.9 56.8-64.8 256 30.1 26.4-34.0 60 7.8 5.8-10.5 *** *** ***
Female 1,105 739 66.9 63.3-70.3 281 25.1 22.0-28.5 76 7.1 5.5- 9.2 *** *** ***
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 1,181 786 66.2 62.7-69.5 312 26.5 23.5-29.8 72 6.2 4.7- 8.1 *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Black 579 370 63.4 58.1-68.3 156 27.6 23.1-32.7 45 8.2 5.8-11.4 *** *** ***
Other 59 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 338 217 65.1 59.1-70.7 97 28.5 23.3-34.3 21 6.0 3.8- 9.4 *** *** ***
35-44 249 173 65.4 57.4-72.6 57 23.7 17.5-31.2 16 8.6 4.9-14.6 *** *** ***
45-54 324 220 60.6 53.8-67.0 79 30.7 24.6-37.5 23 8.0 5.1-12.3 *** *** ***
55-64 455 301 68.5 63.2-73.4 112 23.4 19.1-28.3 35 7.2 4.8-10.6 *** *** ***
65-74 410 259 62.0 56.2-67.6 117 28.0 23.1-33.5 26 8.2 5.3-12.6 *** *** ***
75+ 216 131 58.3 50.1-66.1 70 32.3 25.3-40.3 *** *** *** *** *** ***
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 227 91 40.0 32.1-48.4 88 40.7 32.9-49.0 36 16.0 11.1-22.5 *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 619 374 61.6 56.8-66.2 184 28.8 24.6-33.4 51 8.1 5.8-11.1 *** *** ***
Some Post-H.S. 627 437 69.4 64.9-73.6 157 24.8 21.0-29.1 31 5.5 3.7- 8.2 *** *** ***
College Graduate 528 403 77.9 73.3-81.8 107 19.2 15.5-23.6 18 2.9 1.7- 5.0 *** *** ***
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 202 109 47.0 38.5-55.6 64 37.6 29.2-46.9 22 10.8 6.6-17.0 *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 329 193 56.9 50.0-63.6 102 32.1 25.9-38.9 28 9.9 6.6-14.5 *** *** ***
$25,000- 34,999 201 117 62.6 54.0-70.4 67 28.7 21.8-36.9 15 8.2 4.7-14.2 *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 285 189 61.9 54.4-68.9 84 32.6 26.1-39.9 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$50,000- 74,999 234 176 73.0 65.1-79.6 46 21.3 15.3-28.7 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$75,000+ 376 293 77.5 71.8-82.2 71 18.7 14.4-24.0 *** *** *** *** *** ***
DISABILITY STATUS1
Yes 642 356 52.2 47.3-57.1 204 34.1 29.4-39.1 68 11.0 8.4-14.3 *** *** ***
No 1,360 954 69.1 66.0-72.1 333 24.8 22.0-27.8 63 5.7 4.2- 7.6 *** *** ***
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY1
Yes 680 362 50.2 45.4-55.0 222 35.3 30.7-40.2 79 12.0 9.3-15.3 *** *** ***
No 1,322 944 70.4 67.2-73.3 314 23.9 21.2-26.9 57 5.3 3.9- 7.2 *** *** ***
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 330 220 65.8 59.3-71.7 86 25.2 20.0-31.2 19 7.1 4.1-12.0 *** *** ***
Non-Veteran 1,679 1,092 63.7 60.7-66.6 451 27.9 25.2-30.7 117 7.5 6.1- 9.3 *** *** ***
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 125 81 63.8 53.9-72.7 33 26.1 18.6-35.4 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Regional City or Suburban County 343 224 65.5 59.6-71.0 88 25.1 20.3-30.6 27 8.3 5.4-12.4 *** *** ***
Rural 1,542 1,007 63.7 60.5-66.8 417 28.2 25.3-31.2 100 7.1 5.6- 8.9 *** *** ***
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 953 683 69.6 65.7-73.1 220 24.6 21.3-28.3 40 5.1 3.5- 7.3 *** *** ***
Unemployed 78 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 582 370 61.4 56.4-66.1 172 29.8 25.4-34.5 34 7.7 5.2-11.3 *** *** ***
Unable to Work 251 117 47.1 39.3-55.0 85 34.1 26.9-42.0 41 14.9 10.5-20.8 *** *** ***
Other not in Labor Force 137 87 60.7 50.4-70.2 36 29.7 21.2-39.9 14 9.6 5.3-16.7 *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL3
Less than 50% 69 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 196 110 54.3 45.7-62.6 65 32.9 25.5-41.3 16 9.2 5.4-15.3 *** *** ***
101% to 150% 318 193 59.2 51.8-66.1 93 31.8 25.3-39.1 27 8.1 5.2-12.3 *** *** ***
151% to 200% 144 *** *** *** 46 30.3 21.9-40.2 *** *** *** *** *** ***
More than 200% 897 655 71.8 67.9-75.3 202 23.3 20.0-26.9 35 4.4 2.9- 6.6 *** *** ***
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER4
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 736 472 63.5 58.8-68.1 209 28.3 24.2-32.8 48 7.0 4.9- 9.8 *** *** ***
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 904 598 63.8 59.9-67.6 227 26.7 23.3-30.5 66 8.2 6.3-10.8 *** *** ***
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 370 242 64.9 58.8-70.5 102 27.8 22.6-33.7 22 6.6 4.0-10.6 *** *** ***

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to changes in the weighting methodology and other factors, results from 2016
are NOT comparable to 2010 and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2016 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

1Disability Status will be replaced by Functional Disability in 2017. Please see the BRFSS 2016 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

2Based on the North Carolina Rural Centerís classification. Please see the BRFSS 2016 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

3Based on 2016 U.S Census Bureau poverty threshold incomes. Please see the BRFSS 2016 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

4NC Dept. of Commerce County Tier Classification, based on respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2016 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

^Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.
Piedmont North Carolina: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Iredell, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Yadkin counties.
**Western North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties.

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