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2016 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Disability

Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, do you have serious difficulty concentrating,
remembering, or making decisions?

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  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 6,383 742 11.3 10.4-12.3 5,641 88.7 87.7-89.6
GENDER
Male 2,910 295 9.6 8.3-11.0 2,615 90.4 89.0-91.7
Female 3,473 447 12.9 11.5-14.4 3,026 87.1 85.6-88.5
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 4,299 473 10.6 9.5-11.8 3,826 89.4 88.2-90.5
Non-Hispanic Black 1,231 154 12.3 10.3-14.7 1,077 87.7 85.3-89.7
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 106 24 20.8 13.4-30.9 82 79.2 69.1-86.6
Non-Hispanic Other 234 23 9.4 4.9-17.1 211 90.6 82.9-95.1
Hispanic 445 54 12.8 9.5-17.0 391 87.2 83.0-90.5
AGE
18-34 1,296 131 10.0 8.2-12.1 1,165 90.0 87.9-91.8
35-44 859 102 11.4 9.1-14.3 757 88.6 85.7-90.9
45-54 1,033 153 14.5 12.1-17.4 880 85.5 82.6-87.9
55-64 1,242 175 12.9 10.7-15.4 1,067 87.1 84.6-89.3
65-74 1,181 106 9.5 7.6-11.9 1,075 90.5 88.1-92.4
75+ 695 68 8.9 6.7-11.8 627 91.1 88.2-93.3
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 696 147 21.5 17.9-25.7 549 78.5 74.3-82.1
H.S. or G.E.D. 1,746 244 13.4 11.6-15.5 1,502 86.6 84.5-88.4
Some Post-H.S. 1,852 217 10.4 8.9-12.1 1,635 89.6 87.9-91.1
College Graduate 2,075 134 4.5 3.7- 5.5 1,941 95.5 94.5-96.3
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 587 169 30.7 25.9-35.8 418 69.3 64.2-74.1
$15,000- 24,999 1,041 183 18.6 15.6-22.0 858 81.4 78.0-84.4
$25,000- 34,999 603 67 9.1 6.9-12.0 536 90.9 88.0-93.1
$35,000- 49,999 778 67 7.1 5.2- 9.5 711 92.9 90.5-94.8
$50,000-74,999 826 65 7.7 5.8-10.2 761 92.3 89.8-94.2
$75,000+ 1,426 57 3.6 2.7- 4.9 1,369 96.4 95.1-97.3
DISABILITY STATUS1
Yes 1,596 476 31.6 28.7-34.7 1,120 68.4 65.3-71.3
No 4,139 209 5.1 4.3- 6.0 3,930 94.9 94.0-95.7
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY1
Yes 1,856 742 44.1 41.2-47.0 1,114 55.9 53.0-58.8
No 4,498 *** *** *** 4,498 100 . - .
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 925 135 13.4 11.0-16.2 790 86.6 83.8-89.0
Non-Veteran 5,455 607 11.0 10.0-12.1 4,848 89.0 87.9-90.0
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 1,739 170 9.2 7.8-10.9 1,569 90.8 89.1-92.2
Regional City or Suburban County 1,443 161 10.7 8.9-12.9 1,282 89.3 87.1-91.1
Rural 3,204 411 13.4 11.8-15.0 2,793 86.6 85.0-88.2
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 3,271 211 6.1 5.2- 7.2 3,060 93.9 92.8-94.8
Unemployed 253 50 17.4 12.7-23.3 203 82.6 76.7-87.3
Retired 1,743 164 9.2 7.7-11.1 1,579 90.8 88.9-92.3
Unable to Work 582 263 47.6 42.3-52.9 319 52.4 47.1-57.7
Other not in Labor Force 509 51 10.5 7.8-14.0 458 89.5 86.0-92.2
POVERTY LEVEL3
Less than 50% 210 66 32.5 25.1-40.9 144 67.5 59.1-74.9
50% to 100% 571 118 23.3 18.9-28.4 453 76.7 71.6-81.1
101% to 150% 957 168 16.5 13.7-19.6 789 83.5 80.4-86.3
151% to 200% 428 64 11.9 8.8-15.8 364 88.1 84.2-91.2
More than 200% 3,044 186 5.3 4.5- 6.3 2,858 94.7 93.7-95.5
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER4
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 1,279 180 14.4 11.9-17.3 1,099 85.6 82.7-88.1
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 2,325 302 13.6 11.9-15.5 2,023 86.4 84.5-88.1
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 2,782 260 9.0 7.8-10.3 2,522 91.0 89.7-92.2

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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.

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