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2016 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

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  Total
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%)
TOTAL 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
GENDER
Male 2,438 1,426 58.0 55.6-60.4 673 27.4 25.2-29.6 151 6.6 5.4- 8.0 48 2.0 1.4- 2.9 140 6.1 5.0- 7.4
Female 3,067 1,958 63.9 61.7-66.0 798 25.0 23.2-27.0 159 5.7 4.6- 6.9 51 1.7 1.2- 2.4 101 3.7 2.9- 4.6
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 3,712 2,353 63.0 61.0-64.9 969 25.4 23.7-27.1 182 5.4 4.5- 6.5 54 1.6 1.2- 2.3 154 4.6 3.8- 5.5
Non-Hispanic Black 1,110 659 60.5 56.8-64.0 306 27.5 24.4-30.8 70 6.1 4.5- 8.1 25 1.9 1.1- 3.4 50 4.1 2.9- 5.8
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 94 *** *** *** 30 28.6 19.4-39.9 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 177 119 60.6 50.5-69.8 38 23.2 16.0-32.3 12 10.9 5.5-20.3 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Hispanic 361 167 45.8 39.8-51.8 118 31.4 26.2-37.2 39 11.1 7.8-15.6 14 3.8 2.1- 6.7 23 7.9 4.9-12.3
AGE
18-34 949 610 63.9 60.2-67.4 241 24.6 21.5-27.9 44 5.8 4.1- 8.1 *** *** *** 47 5.2 3.8- 7.1
35-44 721 482 66.6 62.4-70.6 164 21.4 18.2-25.1 35 5.0 3.4- 7.4 16 2.8 1.6- 5.1 24 4.1 2.5- 6.5
45-54 923 596 62.2 58.4-65.9 215 24.8 21.6-28.2 58 6.6 4.9- 9.0 15 1.9 1.0- 3.6 39 4.5 3.1- 6.3
55-64 1,121 698 61.1 57.5-64.6 297 26.4 23.4-29.7 66 6.4 4.7- 8.6 21 1.9 1.0- 3.5 39 4.2 2.9- 6.1
65-74 1,086 635 57.2 53.6-60.8 320 29.9 26.6-33.3 72 7.4 5.6- 9.8 20 1.5 0.9- 2.5 39 4.0 2.6- 5.9
75+ 645 325 47.2 42.5-52.0 218 34.8 30.3-39.5 34 5.6 3.6- 8.6 18 4.0 2.3- 6.9 50 8.4 6.1-11.4
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 621 205 33.6 29.1-38.5 205 33.2 28.8-37.9 86 14.8 11.6-18.8 50 6.9 4.9- 9.6 75 11.5 8.9-14.9
H.S. or G.E.D. 1,516 761 53.1 50.0-56.2 513 31.8 29.0-34.6 120 7.3 5.9- 9.1 33 1.9 1.2- 3.0 89 5.9 4.7- 7.6
Some Post-H.S. 1,647 1,095 67.9 65.1-70.6 429 24.1 21.7-26.7 67 4.2 3.1- 5.6 *** *** *** 46 3.2 2.3- 4.5
College Graduate 1,709 1,313 78.2 75.9-80.5 324 18.3 16.2-20.6 37 1.8 1.3- 2.7 *** *** *** 30 1.5 0.9- 2.3
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 514 234 42.1 36.8-47.7 146 30.7 25.7-36.1 55 9.8 7.0-13.6 33 7.6 4.8-11.8 46 9.8 6.9-13.7
$15,000- 24,999 918 470 49.8 45.7-53.9 286 30.6 27.0-34.5 80 10.2 7.9-13.1 27 3.2 2.0- 5.2 55 6.1 4.5- 8.2
$25,000- 34,999 527 295 56.6 51.4-61.8 178 32.9 28.2-37.9 29 5.5 3.5- 8.5 *** *** *** 19 4.0 2.3- 6.9
$35,000- 49,999 677 413 60.7 56.0-65.2 209 30.2 26.2-34.7 32 5.6 3.6- 8.7 *** *** *** 21 3.1 1.8- 5.3
$50,000-74,999 714 497 69.6 65.3-73.5 177 25.3 21.6-29.4 18 2.0 1.2- 3.5 *** *** *** 19 2.9 1.7- 4.9
$75,000+ 1,183 905 75.0 71.8-77.9 217 18.9 16.4-21.8 33 2.9 1.9- 4.4 *** *** *** 24 2.8 1.7- 4.4
DISABILITY STATUS1
Yes 1,539 773 48.2 45.0-51.4 481 31.1 28.2-34.2 143 10.3 8.4-12.6 50 3.9 2.7- 5.7 92 6.5 5.1- 8.2
No 3,945 2,604 65.6 63.8-67.4 983 24.4 22.8-26.0 165 4.7 3.9- 5.7 47 1.1 0.8- 1.6 146 4.2 3.4- 5.0
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY1
Yes 1,691 811 46.8 43.8-49.9 540 31.3 28.6-34.1 163 10.8 8.9-13.0 69 4.6 3.3- 6.2 108 6.5 5.2- 8.2
No 3,794 2,559 66.6 64.7-68.4 927 24.1 22.5-25.8 146 4.3 3.5- 5.3 30 0.8 0.5- 1.3 132 4.1 3.4- 5.0
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 750 448 59.2 54.9-63.5 212 27.0 23.4-30.9 44 6.2 4.3- 8.9 *** *** *** 38 6.2 4.3- 8.8
Non-Veteran 4,754 2,936 61.4 59.7-63.1 1,258 26.0 24.5-27.6 266 6.1 5.2- 7.0 91 1.9 1.5- 2.5 203 4.6 3.9- 5.5
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 1,375 898 65.3 62.3-68.1 346 24.4 21.9-27.0 67 5.5 4.2- 7.3 22 1.3 0.8- 2.2 42 3.5 2.5- 5.0
Regional City or Suburban County 1,255 801 63.1 59.8-66.2 323 24.9 22.2-27.9 60 5.4 4.0- 7.3 17 1.7 0.9- 3.0 54 4.9 3.6- 6.7
Rural 2,878 1,686 57.0 54.6-59.4 803 28.1 26.0-30.3 183 6.9 5.7- 8.2 60 2.3 1.6- 3.3 146 5.7 4.7- 6.9
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 2,731 1,870 66.9 64.7-69.0 637 23.7 21.9-25.7 101 4.2 3.4- 5.3 28 1.1 0.7- 1.8 95 4.0 3.1- 5.0
Unemployed 208 117 56.2 47.3-64.6 58 25.7 19.0-33.7 18 10.9 6.0-19.0 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 1,597 881 53.6 50.6-56.7 511 32.0 29.3-34.9 96 6.7 5.2- 8.6 27 2.0 1.3- 3.3 82 5.6 4.3- 7.3
Unable to Work 538 240 43.3 38.0-48.8 151 27.1 22.6-32.2 76 15.1 11.3-19.8 36 7.2 4.6-11.1 35 7.3 4.9-10.7
Other not in Labor Force 410 258 64.2 58.5-69.5 113 26.0 21.3-31.2 19 4.6 2.7- 7.7 *** *** *** 17 4.9 3.0- 7.9
POVERTY LEVEL3
Less than 50% 181 76 37.5 29.5-46.2 55 34.5 26.2-43.7 18 9.7 5.7-16.0 16 8.8 4.7-15.9 16 9.5 5.4-16.3
50% to 100% 499 261 50.9 45.4-56.4 138 27.5 23.0-32.5 45 10.5 7.3-14.8 22 4.4 2.5- 7.5 33 6.9 4.6-10.2
101% to 150% 836 421 51.6 47.3-55.9 266 30.9 27.1-35.0 77 8.8 6.8-11.4 19 2.5 1.4- 4.6 53 6.2 4.5- 8.4
151% to 200% 381 216 54.1 47.7-60.3 123 33.3 27.5-39.5 21 5.8 3.4- 9.7 *** *** *** 15 4.7 2.7- 8.2
More than 200% 2,606 1,823 69.9 67.7-72.0 622 23.7 21.8-25.7 85 3.3 2.5- 4.3 11 0.3 0.2- 0.7 65 2.8 2.1- 3.8
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER4
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 1,182 677 54.4 50.5-58.2 342 30.6 27.1-34.3 74 6.4 4.8- 8.5 32 3.5 2.1- 5.6 57 5.2 3.7- 7.3
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 2,054 1,224 58.4 55.7-61.0 572 27.4 25.1-29.9 119 6.6 5.3- 8.3 34 1.7 1.1- 2.7 105 5.9 4.7- 7.3
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 2,272 1,484 65.2 62.8-67.4 558 23.9 21.9-26.0 117 5.6 4.5- 6.9 33 1.5 1.0- 2.2 80 3.9 3.1- 5.1

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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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