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2016 BRFSS Survey Results: Eastern North Carolina**

Health Literacy

You can find written information about health on the Internet, in newspapers and magazines, and in brochures in the doctor’s office and clinic. In general, how difficult is it for you to understand written health information? Would you say it is…

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Respond.^
Very easy Somewhat easy Somewhat difficult Very difficult I don't pay attention to health information
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
North Carolina 5,505 3,384 61.1 59.5-62.7 1,471 26.1 24.7-27.6 310 6.1 5.3- 7.0 99 1.9 1.4- 2.4 241 4.8 4.1- 5.6
-Eastern NC 1,997 1,206 59.5 56.8-62.2 539 27.0 24.6-29.5 119 6.2 5.0- 7.8 38 1.7 1.2- 2.6 95 5.5 4.4- 7.0
GENDER
Male 904 507 54.7 50.6-58.8 263 29.7 26.1-33.6 55 6.8 4.9- 9.3 20 1.7 1.1- 2.8 59 7.1 5.3- 9.5
Female 1,093 699 64.0 60.3-67.5 276 24.4 21.4-27.7 64 5.8 4.3- 7.8 *** *** *** 36 4.1 2.7- 6.0
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 1,174 741 62.1 58.5-65.5 299 24.7 21.7-27.8 64 6.1 4.5- 8.2 *** *** *** 52 5.6 4.1- 7.6
Non-Hispanic Black 575 321 56.6 51.4-61.7 169 31.0 26.2-36.2 42 6.7 4.6- 9.5 14 1.7 0.9- 3.0 29 4.1 2.7- 6.1
Other 59 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 337 217 66.0 60.0-71.6 80 21.3 16.9-26.5 16 5.4 3.1- 9.3 *** *** *** 20 6.2 3.8-10.0
35-44 250 175 66.8 58.8-74.0 54 22.3 16.2-29.9 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
45-54 321 213 59.6 52.8-66.0 69 27.1 21.3-33.9 24 8.3 5.1-13.2 *** *** *** *** *** ***
55-64 453 272 58.3 52.6-63.8 130 30.2 25.3-35.6 22 5.0 2.9- 8.5 *** *** *** 20 5.1 3.0- 8.5
65-74 407 220 52.1 46.2-57.9 121 30.0 24.9-35.6 36 10.9 7.4-15.8 *** *** *** 16 3.6 2.1- 6.3
75+ 214 101 42.0 34.2-50.1 79 38.8 31.0-47.1 *** *** *** *** *** *** 17 11.5 6.9-18.6
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 223 72 32.9 25.3-41.4 73 34.9 27.4-43.3 26 12.5 8.1-18.8 22 7.4 4.3-12.6 30 12.3 8.2-18.1
H.S. or G.E.D. 611 299 51.3 46.4-56.2 208 32.3 28.0-37.0 53 7.8 5.7-10.7 *** *** *** 39 7.1 4.9-10.1
Some Post-H.S. 630 422 66.7 62.1-71.0 165 25.6 21.8-29.9 26 4.3 2.6- 7.1 *** *** *** *** *** ***
College Graduate 527 407 81.0 77.0-84.5 93 14.6 11.5-18.3 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 204 99 43.5 35.2-52.2 51 28.3 21.0-36.9 22 10.8 6.4-17.8 *** *** *** 20 10.2 5.9-17.1
$15,000- 24,999 318 156 47.7 40.9-54.6 109 33.0 26.8-40.0 24 10.0 6.3-15.4 *** *** *** 22 7.6 4.8-11.8
$25,000- 34,999 201 115 59.3 50.5-67.5 67 32.3 24.8-40.9 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 286 166 56.4 48.9-63.6 93 34.1 27.4-41.5 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$50,000- 74,999 234 167 70.1 62.2-77.0 50 21.8 15.9-29.2 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$75,000+ 376 291 76.8 71.0-81.8 63 15.8 11.8-20.9 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
DISABILITY STATUS1
Yes 636 304 44.3 39.6-49.2 209 36.1 31.4-41.2 59 8.7 6.4-11.7 23 3.4 1.9- 6.0 41 7.4 5.2-10.4
No 1,354 901 66.1 62.9-69.2 328 23.1 20.5-25.9 58 5.2 3.8- 7.1 15 1.0 0.6- 1.8 52 4.6 3.3- 6.3
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY1
Yes 677 321 44.9 40.2-49.7 211 32.4 28.0-37.2 69 10.6 8.0-14.1 27 4.1 2.5- 6.6 49 8.0 5.8-10.9
No 1,314 880 66.3 63.1-69.4 326 24.4 21.6-27.3 50 4.2 3.0- 5.9 *** *** *** 47 4.4 3.2- 6.2
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 330 190 54.9 48.4-61.3 98 28.2 22.7-34.4 16 4.9 2.7- 8.7 *** *** *** 21 10.8 6.8-16.6
Non-Veteran 1,668 1,017 60.3 57.3-63.3 441 26.7 24.1-29.5 103 6.5 5.1- 8.2 33 1.8 1.2- 2.8 74 4.6 3.5- 6.0
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 125 89 67.2 56.9-76.1 21 19.7 12.7-29.3 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Regional City or Suburban County 341 214 64.0 58.1-69.5 91 25.8 21.0-31.3 14 3.4 1.9- 6.0 *** *** *** 16 5.4 3.1- 9.3
Rural 1,533 904 57.7 54.5-60.9 427 28.0 25.1-31.0 97 6.7 5.3- 8.6 30 1.9 1.2- 3.0 75 5.7 4.3- 7.4
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 947 658 67.7 63.9-71.4 219 23.4 20.2-27.0 27 4.0 2.6- 6.1 *** *** *** 33 4.0 2.6- 6.0
Unemployed 78 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 582 310 50.6 45.6-55.6 183 32.1 27.6-36.9 44 8.0 5.6-11.4 *** *** *** 35 7.7 5.2-11.2
Unable to Work 249 101 36.9 29.7-44.7 83 36.2 28.9-44.2 33 13.1 8.6-19.5 *** *** *** 16 6.9 4.0-11.8
Other not in Labor Force 134 86 62.2 52.0-71.5 33 25.2 17.5-34.8 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL3
Less than 50% 70 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 191 99 49.4 40.9-58.0 50 24.8 18.4-32.6 16 10.9 6.0-18.9 *** *** *** 17 9.4 5.5-15.8
101% to 150% 312 157 49.3 42.1-56.6 102 34.3 27.5-41.8 27 9.0 5.8-13.6 *** *** *** 20 5.8 3.6- 9.4
151% to 200% 145 *** *** *** 49 32.0 23.2-42.5 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
More than 200% 898 623 68.7 64.8-72.4 208 23.1 19.9-26.7 32 3.5 2.3- 5.2 *** *** *** 28 4.1 2.6- 6.4
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER4
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 730 424 56.4 51.5-61.2 214 30.2 26.0-34.9 43 5.9 4.0- 8.5 *** *** *** 31 4.5 2.9- 7.0
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 900 546 59.5 55.5-63.4 245 27.0 23.7-30.6 49 6.6 4.6- 9.2 16 1.3 0.7- 2.2 44 5.6 4.0- 7.9
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 369 237 63.7 57.6-69.4 80 22.4 17.5-28.2 27 6.1 3.9- 9.5 *** *** *** 21 6.8 4.2-10.7

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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 Center’s 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 respondent’s 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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