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2016 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Health Literacy-Non-Hispanic White

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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%)
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
-Non-Hispanic White 3,711 2,352 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
GENDER
Male 1,652 984 58.4 55.4-61.3 454 27.0 24.5-29.7 95 6.5 5.1- 8.3 24 1.8 1.1- 3.0 95 6.3 5.0- 7.9
Female 2,059 1,368 67.2 64.6-69.7 515 23.9 21.7-26.3 87 4.4 3.4- 5.8 30 1.5 0.9- 2.3 59 3.0 2.2- 4.1
AGE
18-34 520 340 64.2 59.1-69.1 133 25.7 21.4-30.4 22 5.2 3.2- 8.4 *** *** *** 22 4.5 2.8- 7.0
35-44 396 277 68.6 62.9-73.7 80 19.2 15.3-23.9 17 5.5 3.2- 9.2 *** *** *** *** *** ***
45-54 597 401 64.7 60.0-69.1 132 23.8 20.0-28.1 32 5.8 3.7- 8.9 *** *** *** 25 4.0 2.6- 6.1
55-64 792 532 66.7 62.6-70.7 185 22.7 19.4-26.4 38 5.1 3.4- 7.5 *** *** *** 27 4.1 2.6- 6.3
65-74 851 512 59.1 55.0-63.1 254 29.8 26.2-33.7 50 6.8 4.8- 9.5 *** *** *** 25 3.5 2.1- 5.8
75+ 524 270 49.3 44.1-54.5 177 33.2 28.5-38.3 23 4.2 2.6- 6.7 *** *** *** 40 9.0 6.3-12.6
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 285 92 34.0 27.3-41.4 89 30.7 24.6-37.6 42 16.0 11.1-22.4 25 7.5 4.6-12.0 37 11.8 8.2-16.8
H.S. or G.E.D. 948 469 53.1 49.2-57.0 331 32.4 28.9-36.1 68 6.3 4.7- 8.3 19 1.7 1.0- 2.8 61 6.6 4.9- 8.8
Some Post-H.S. 1,158 773 67.7 64.3-70.9 299 24.2 21.4-27.3 48 4.3 3.1- 6.1 *** *** *** 31 3.0 2.0- 4.5
College Graduate 1,312 1,013 78.4 75.7-80.9 249 18.2 15.9-20.8 24 1.6 1.0- 2.6 *** *** *** 24 1.7 1.0- 2.7
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 268 116 37.6 30.4-45.4 79 32.1 25.1-40.0 28 10.5 6.5-16.7 23 10.3 6.1-16.8 22 9.5 5.6-15.5
$15,000- 24,999 489 244 49.1 43.3-54.9 154 29.7 24.8-35.1 49 12.2 8.7-17.0 *** *** *** 31 6.2 4.2- 9.1
$25,000- 34,999 318 186 58.5 51.7-65.0 103 31.3 25.5-37.8 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 474 282 58.6 52.9-64.2 157 32.8 27.8-38.3 19 5.7 3.2-10.0 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$50,000- 74,999 536 370 68.0 63.0-72.6 136 26.2 21.9-31.0 *** *** *** *** *** *** 16 3.5 2.0- 6.2
$75,000+ 996 766 75.6 72.1-78.7 178 18.2 15.5-21.3 27 3.0 1.9- 4.8 *** *** *** 22 2.8 1.7- 4.5
DISABILITY STATUS1
Yes 1,081 558 50.2 46.3-54.0 335 30.0 26.7-33.6 92 9.9 7.6-12.9 32 3.7 2.4- 5.7 64 6.2 4.6- 8.2
No 2,617 1,791 67.9 65.6-70.0 628 23.6 21.7-25.6 90 3.8 3.0- 4.9 21 0.9 0.5- 1.5 87 3.8 3.0- 4.9
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY1
Yes 1,134 553 47.3 43.6-51.0 362 30.6 27.3-34.0 102 10.6 8.3-13.5 41 4.0 2.7- 5.9 76 7.5 5.7- 9.8
No 2,565 1,792 69.0 66.8-71.2 603 23.3 21.3-25.3 79 3.4 2.6- 4.5 *** *** *** 78 3.5 2.7- 4.5
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 551 325 58.9 53.8-63.7 157 27.3 23.1-31.9 32 5.7 3.7- 8.9 *** *** *** 32 7.4 5.0-10.8
Non-Veteran 3,159 2,028 63.6 61.5-65.7 810 25.0 23.2-26.9 150 5.4 4.4- 6.6 49 1.8 1.2- 2.5 122 4.2 3.4- 5.1
RURAL-URBAN CATEGORY2
Urban 779 546 70.0 66.2-73.6 184 22.6 19.4-26.0 20 3.4 2.1- 5.6 *** *** *** 24 3.3 2.1- 5.3
Regional City or Suburban County 888 583 64.0 60.0-67.7 226 24.7 21.5-28.2 38 5.5 3.7- 8.0 *** *** *** 32 4.4 2.9- 6.5
Rural 2,045 1,224 58.4 55.6-61.2 559 27.4 24.9-30.0 124 6.5 5.2- 8.2 40 2.3 1.5- 3.5 98 5.4 4.3- 6.8
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,795 1,273 68.7 66.0-71.3 395 22.8 20.5-25.2 59 4.1 3.0- 5.6 *** *** *** 57 3.4 2.5- 4.6
Unemployed 98 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 1,258 716 56.1 52.7-59.4 398 30.9 27.9-34.1 65 5.6 4.1- 7.5 19 2.0 1.2- 3.6 60 5.4 4.0- 7.3
Unable to Work 296 135 43.6 36.4-51.1 78 25.4 19.5-32.3 44 16.9 11.6-24.0 *** *** *** 20 7.9 4.7-13.1
Other not in Labor Force 251 160 64.4 57.1-71.2 67 25.6 19.8-32.5 *** *** *** *** *** *** 12 5.9 3.3-10.4
POVERTY LEVEL3
Less than 50% 68 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 211 108 50.3 41.5-59.1 56 24.0 17.7-31.5 22 13.5 8.1-21.7 *** *** *** *** *** ***
101% to 150% 486 247 51.1 45.4-56.8 150 30.2 25.3-35.6 43 8.5 6.0-12.1 *** *** *** 37 7.8 5.3-11.3
151% to 200% 257 138 51.2 43.5-58.9 90 35.1 28.1-42.7 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
More than 200% 2,042 1,436 70.0 67.6-72.4 486 23.5 21.4-25.8 61 3.3 2.4- 4.5 *** *** *** 52 2.8 2.0- 3.9
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER4
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 726 436 57.7 52.7-62.6 201 28.8 24.4-33.6 39 5.3 3.6- 7.7 *** *** *** 31 4.6 3.0- 7.2
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 1,499 891 57.8 54.6-61.0 423 27.9 25.1-30.8 89 6.9 5.3- 8.9 22 1.6 0.9- 2.7 74 5.8 4.5- 7.5
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,487 1,026 68.7 65.8-71.4 345 22.4 20.0-24.9 54 4.3 3.1- 5.9 *** *** *** 49 3.5 2.5- 4.9

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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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