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2016 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Health Literacy

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  Total
Respond.^
Very easy Somewhat easy Somewhat difficult Very difficult I don't look for health information
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 5,487 4,078 72.9 71.4-74.4 917 17.5 16.2-18.8 161 3.2 2.6- 3.9 76 1.4 1.0- 1.9 255 5.0 4.3- 5.8
GENDER
Male 2,424 1,751 70.6 68.2-72.8 429 18.6 16.8-20.7 75 3.3 2.5- 4.3 26 1.0 0.5- 1.8 143 6.5 5.4- 7.8
Female 3,063 2,327 75.0 73.0-76.9 488 16.4 14.8-18.1 86 3.1 2.4- 4.0 50 1.8 1.3- 2.5 112 3.7 2.9- 4.6
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 3,711 2,850 75.1 73.3-76.9 585 16.6 15.1-18.2 83 2.4 1.8- 3.1 43 1.4 0.9- 2.0 150 4.5 3.7- 5.5
Non-Hispanic Black 1,107 820 74.9 71.6-77.9 177 15.1 12.7-17.9 33 3.0 2.0- 4.5 14 1.1 0.6- 2.0 63 5.9 4.4- 7.8
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 94 64 73.0 61.7-81.9 15 11.0 6.0-19.2 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 173 *** *** *** 30 23.6 15.5-34.1 *** *** *** *** *** *** 11 5.1 2.4-10.4
Hispanic 351 182 50.6 44.5-56.6 100 30.5 25.1-36.6 34 9.1 6.2-13.1 13 3.2 1.7- 5.9 22 6.6 4.1-10.4
AGE
18-34 946 677 70.7 67.2-74.1 173 18.9 16.1-22.1 36 3.6 2.4- 5.3 *** *** *** 56 6.2 4.7- 8.3
35-44 715 522 72.6 68.5-76.4 125 17.9 14.7-21.6 24 3.1 2.0- 4.9 14 2.2 1.1- 4.4 30 4.1 2.7- 6.0
45-54 925 684 72.5 68.9-75.8 149 17.8 15.0-21.0 34 3.2 2.1- 4.9 21 2.6 1.5- 4.3 37 3.9 2.7- 5.6
55-64 1,114 862 76.4 73.2-79.4 167 14.9 12.5-17.6 29 3.2 2.1- 4.8 15 1.0 0.5- 1.9 41 4.5 3.1- 6.5
65-74 1,089 841 76.7 73.4-79.8 167 14.4 12.0-17.0 18 2.4 1.3- 4.4 13 1.1 0.6- 2.0 50 5.5 3.8- 7.8
75+ 638 451 69.1 64.5-73.4 125 20.8 17.2-25.1 17 2.7 1.6- 4.7 *** *** *** 37 5.8 4.0- 8.4
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 608 311 50.8 45.9-55.8 149 26.7 22.5-31.4 41 6.1 4.2- 8.6 35 6.0 4.0- 9.0 72 10.3 7.9-13.4
H.S. or G.E.D. 1,517 1,025 68.1 65.1-70.9 323 20.8 18.4-23.4 53 3.8 2.7- 5.3 28 1.3 0.8- 1.9 88 6.1 4.7- 7.7
Some Post-H.S. 1,643 1,276 77.5 74.9-79.8 252 15.4 13.4-17.6 39 2.6 1.8- 3.8 *** *** *** 66 4.1 3.1- 5.4
College Graduate 1,707 1,459 86.2 84.1-88.0 191 10.7 9.1-12.6 27 1.4 0.9- 2.2 *** *** *** 27 1.5 1.0- 2.4
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 509 295 56.2 50.5-61.7 122 25.2 20.6-30.5 34 6.4 4.3- 9.5 24 5.3 3.1- 8.8 34 6.9 4.6-10.1
$15,000- 24,999 920 587 61.7 57.6-65.6 196 23.0 19.6-26.7 51 6.1 4.5- 8.3 23 2.2 1.2- 3.8 63 7.1 5.3- 9.3
$25,000- 34,999 524 357 67.5 62.3-72.3 122 24.3 19.9-29.2 *** *** *** *** *** *** 32 6.1 4.0- 9.2
$35,000- 49,999 674 514 72.2 67.6-76.4 119 19.6 16.0-23.7 16 3.0 1.7- 5.2 *** *** *** 22 4.2 2.6- 6.7
$50,000-74,999 712 590 81.0 77.0-84.4 94 14.0 11.1-17.5 *** *** *** *** *** *** 23 4.6 2.8- 7.4
$75,000+ 1,184 1,037 86.1 83.4-88.3 109 10.1 8.1-12.4 12 1.3 0.7- 2.5 *** *** *** 23 2.4 1.5- 3.7
DISABILITY STATUS1
Yes 1,537 1,056 65.9 62.7-69.0 293 20.2 17.6-23.0 66 4.7 3.5- 6.2 47 3.8 2.6- 5.6 75 5.4 4.1- 7.1
No 3,932 3,014 75.4 73.7-77.1 618 16.4 15.0-17.9 94 2.7 2.1- 3.5 28 0.6 0.4- 0.9 178 4.9 4.1- 5.8
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY1
Yes 1,682 1,094 62.6 59.5-65.5 354 22.4 19.9-25.1 83 5.4 4.2- 7.0 56 4.0 2.8- 5.6 95 5.6 4.4- 7.1
No 3,787 2,970 76.9 75.2-78.6 560 15.5 14.1-17.0 78 2.4 1.8- 3.1 20 0.4 0.3- 0.7 159 4.8 4.0- 5.7
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 749 592 80.0 76.3-83.2 106 14.2 11.4-17.6 15 1.7 0.9- 3.1 *** *** *** 32 3.9 2.6- 5.7
Non-Veteran 4,737 3,487 72.1 70.4-73.7 809 17.8 16.5-19.3 146 3.4 2.8- 4.1 72 1.6 1.1- 2.1 223 5.2 4.4- 6.0
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 1,371 1,048 75.9 73.1-78.5 205 14.9 12.9-17.3 47 3.8 2.7- 5.3 18 1.3 0.8- 2.1 53 4.1 3.1- 5.5
Regional City or Suburban County 1,248 932 74.2 71.1-77.0 216 17.0 14.6-19.7 26 2.6 1.7- 4.0 15 1.2 0.6- 2.5 59 5.0 3.7- 6.8
Rural 2,871 2,100 70.1 67.8-72.3 497 19.5 17.6-21.6 88 3.1 2.4- 4.1 43 1.6 1.1- 2.4 143 5.6 4.6- 6.9
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 2,723 2,119 76.3 74.3-78.2 400 15.2 13.6-16.9 66 2.7 2.1- 3.6 21 0.9 0.5- 1.6 117 4.9 4.0- 6.0
Unemployed 207 135 63.2 54.3-71.3 38 21.4 15.0-29.5 19 9.4 5.0-16.8 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 1,592 1,187 73.3 70.4-75.9 274 17.8 15.5-20.3 32 2.2 1.4- 3.5 19 1.4 0.8- 2.4 80 5.4 4.1- 7.1
Unable to Work 533 318 57.5 51.9-63.0 122 25.4 20.7-30.8 34 6.8 4.6-10.0 26 5.0 3.0- 8.1 33 5.3 3.4- 8.0
Other not in Labor Force 411 302 72.7 67.1-77.6 81 19.9 15.6-25.1 *** *** *** *** *** *** 14 4.6 2.6- 7.8
POVERTY LEVEL3
Less than 50% 178 94 52.4 43.4-61.3 47 28.9 21.3-37.9 14 6.9 3.8-12.4 14 7.4 4.1-13.0 *** *** ***
50% to 100% 499 291 57.7 52.2-63.0 123 24.2 19.8-29.3 30 5.6 3.7- 8.5 17 4.5 2.5- 8.0 38 8.0 5.6-11.3
101% to 150% 833 539 64.0 59.8-68.0 177 22.8 19.3-26.8 46 5.6 4.0- 7.9 17 1.0 0.6- 1.7 54 6.6 4.8- 8.8
151% to 200% 379 276 70.8 64.6-76.3 75 21.2 16.4-27.1 *** *** *** *** *** *** 21 5.8 3.4- 9.8
More than 200% 2,604 2,156 81.2 79.3-83.1 336 13.6 12.0-15.3 31 1.3 0.9- 2.0 *** *** *** 73 3.5 2.6- 4.5
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER4
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 1,178 862 70.0 66.2-73.5 189 17.4 14.6-20.6 45 4.5 3.1- 6.6 15 1.2 0.5- 2.7 67 6.9 5.1- 9.4
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 2,051 1,493 70.4 67.8-72.9 376 19.8 17.7-22.2 46 2.4 1.7- 3.4 35 1.9 1.3- 2.9 101 5.4 4.3- 6.8
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 2,261 1,725 75.7 73.5-77.7 353 15.8 14.0-17.6 70 3.3 2.5- 4.4 26 1.1 0.7- 1.8 87 4.1 3.2- 5.2

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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 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.

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