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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
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 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
GENDER
Male 2,438 1,543 61.4 59.0-63.8 714 30.9 28.6-33.2 149 6.6 5.4- 8.0 32 1.1 0.7- 1.7
Female 3,076 2,035 65.7 63.5-67.8 838 27.0 25.1-29.0 170 6.1 5.1- 7.3 33 1.2 0.8- 1.9
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 3,719 2,463 65.2 63.2-67.1 1,028 28.3 26.5-30.1 191 5.6 4.7- 6.6 37 1.0 0.6- 1.6
Non-Hispanic Black 1,115 735 65.8 62.3-69.2 298 26.6 23.5-30.0 69 6.4 4.8- 8.4 13 1.2 0.6- 2.4
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 94 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 175 124 62.3 51.8-71.8 42 27.8 19.5-37.9 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Hispanic 359 166 44.3 38.4-50.3 142 41.0 35.1-47.0 43 12.8 9.3-17.3 *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 953 605 62.1 58.4-65.8 295 32.0 28.6-35.7 46 5.2 3.7- 7.3 *** *** ***
35-44 716 480 66.6 62.3-70.6 182 24.8 21.3-28.7 45 7.2 5.1-10.1 *** *** ***
45-54 924 588 61.4 57.6-65.1 257 29.9 26.4-33.6 67 7.8 5.9-10.2 12 0.9 0.5- 1.8
55-64 1,123 741 65.8 62.2-69.2 294 26.1 23.0-29.4 69 6.1 4.6- 8.2 19 2.0 1.0- 3.8
65-74 1,092 729 64.7 61.1-68.2 304 29.1 25.9-32.6 48 4.7 3.4- 6.5 11 1.5 0.6- 3.4
75+ 646 396 61.2 56.5-65.6 202 29.9 25.9-34.3 42 8.1 5.6-11.6 *** *** ***
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 629 264 41.8 37.1-46.7 238 39.0 34.4-43.9 94 15.2 12.1-18.9 33 4.0 2.4- 6.4
H.S. or G.E.D. 1,521 880 59.5 56.5-62.5 503 31.7 29.0-34.6 114 7.2 5.7- 9.1 24 1.5 0.9- 2.4
Some Post-H.S. 1,640 1,120 68.0 65.1-70.7 437 27.1 24.5-29.8 78 4.8 3.7- 6.1 *** *** ***
College Graduate 1,712 1,305 76.6 74.1-78.9 371 21.4 19.2-23.8 34 1.9 1.2- 2.8 *** *** ***
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 512 252 45.5 40.1-51.1 180 38.1 32.8-43.8 59 12.8 9.3-17.3 21 3.6 2.0- 6.4
$15,000- 24,999 929 530 55.7 51.6-59.7 307 33.0 29.3-36.9 74 9.2 7.0-11.9 18 2.2 1.2- 3.9
$25,000- 34,999 527 314 59.0 53.7-64.1 178 33.0 28.3-38.1 29 6.7 4.4-10.2 *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 677 445 63.1 58.4-67.6 197 31.3 27.1-35.8 34 5.2 3.5- 7.8 *** *** ***
$50,000-74,999 711 520 72.5 68.3-76.3 169 24.7 21.0-28.7 21 2.8 1.7- 4.5 *** *** ***
$75,000+ 1,184 909 75.3 72.2-78.2 247 22.2 19.5-25.3 25 2.2 1.4- 3.4 *** *** ***
DISABILITY STATUS1
Yes 1,541 859 53.1 49.9-56.3 491 32.9 29.9-36.0 157 11.5 9.6-13.9 34 2.5 1.6- 3.9
No 3,952 2,712 67.4 65.5-69.2 1,056 27.5 25.8-29.2 153 4.4 3.7- 5.3 31 0.7 0.5- 1.2
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY1
Yes 1,691 915 51.8 48.8-54.8 554 33.5 30.7-36.4 182 12.5 10.5-14.8 40 2.2 1.5- 3.4
No 3,804 2,650 68.3 66.4-70.1 995 27.1 25.4-28.9 135 3.9 3.2- 4.8 24 0.7 0.4- 1.2
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 752 500 66.6 62.4-70.6 205 26.2 22.6-30.1 41 6.5 4.4- 9.4 *** *** ***
Non-Veteran 4,761 3,078 63.3 61.6-65.0 1,345 29.1 27.5-30.8 279 6.3 5.5- 7.3 59 1.2 0.9- 1.7
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 1,376 912 65.2 62.1-68.1 386 28.4 25.7-31.3 66 5.5 4.2- 7.3 12 0.9 0.5- 1.6
Regional City or Suburban County 1,252 819 64.5 61.2-67.6 349 27.9 25.0-30.9 70 6.0 4.5- 7.9 14 1.7 0.9- 3.2
Rural 2,889 1,848 62.2 59.8-64.5 818 29.6 27.5-31.9 184 7.1 6.0- 8.5 39 1.1 0.7- 1.7
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 2,730 1,892 67.8 65.6-69.9 705 27.1 25.1-29.2 111 4.4 3.5- 5.4 22 0.7 0.4- 1.3
Unemployed 209 125 59.4 50.6-67.7 60 28.0 21.0-36.3 19 10.7 6.0-18.3 *** *** ***
Retired 1,600 1,012 62.4 59.4-65.3 494 30.7 28.0-33.5 78 5.7 4.3- 7.4 16 1.3 0.7- 2.5
Unable to Work 540 268 46.6 41.2-52.1 169 32.5 27.4-37.9 83 17.2 13.2-22.1 20 3.8 2.0- 6.9
Other not in Labor Force 415 264 61.8 55.8-67.4 120 31.0 25.7-36.9 29 6.7 4.4-10.1 *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL3
Less than 50% 178 75 40.4 32.0-49.4 68 39.3 30.9-48.4 26 17.2 11.2-25.5 *** *** ***
50% to 100% 505 276 53.9 48.4-59.3 167 33.4 28.4-38.7 48 9.9 7.0-13.8 14 2.9 1.4- 5.6
101% to 150% 843 481 56.7 52.4-60.9 279 33.3 29.4-37.4 64 7.9 5.8-10.5 19 2.2 1.2- 3.9
151% to 200% 381 228 59.3 53.0-65.3 129 32.3 26.8-38.3 22 7.0 4.2-11.2 *** *** ***
More than 200% 2,604 1,890 71.3 69.2-73.4 626 25.3 23.3-27.4 82 3.1 2.4- 4.0 *** *** ***
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER4
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 1,188 752 61.1 57.2-64.8 342 29.7 26.3-33.4 78 8.0 6.1-10.5 16 1.1 0.5- 2.6
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 2,058 1,326 62.8 60.2-65.5 570 28.8 26.3-31.3 134 7.1 5.8- 8.7 28 1.3 0.8- 2.2
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 2,271 1,501 65.1 62.7-67.4 641 28.6 26.4-30.8 108 5.3 4.2- 6.6 21 1.1 0.7- 1.7

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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 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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