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2016 BRFSS Survey Results: Western 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%)
North Carolina 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
-Western 1,099 707 62.1 58.1-66.0 307 30.0 26.3-33.9 67 6.9 5.1- 9.2 *** *** ***
GENDER
Male 475 302 59.7 53.6-65.5 136 32.3 26.8-38.4 32 7.6 4.9-11.7 *** *** ***
Female 624 405 64.4 59.1-69.3 171 27.8 23.2-32.8 35 6.1 4.1- 9.1 *** *** ***
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 958 629 63.3 59.0-67.3 256 28.6 24.8-32.7 58 7.2 5.2- 9.8 *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Black 39 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Other 13 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 159 107 65.9 55.7-74.9 48 32.0 23.3-42.3 *** *** *** *** *** ***
35-44 125 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
45-54 153 83 52.3 42.6-61.8 48 31.3 23.1-40.8 18 15.0 8.6-24.7 *** *** ***
55-64 232 151 64.3 55.1-72.6 59 27.2 19.5-36.7 17 7.5 4.2-13.0 *** *** ***
65-74 255 180 66.1 58.2-73.2 66 29.4 22.7-37.3 *** *** *** *** *** ***
75+ 161 98 61.1 51.7-69.8 46 27.5 20.2-36.3 *** *** *** *** *** ***
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 154 *** *** *** *** *** *** 21 13.4 7.7-22.3 *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 303 171 58.3 50.9-65.2 100 33.0 26.5-40.2 26 7.3 4.7-11.2 *** *** ***
Some Post-H.S. 327 221 66.2 59.4-72.3 88 28.2 22.4-34.8 17 5.5 3.1- 9.5 *** *** ***
College Graduate 316 246 78.4 72.4-83.4 65 19.7 14.9-25.5 *** *** *** *** *** ***
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 132 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 215 131 60.0 49.8-69.4 66 33.3 24.4-43.7 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$25,000- 34,999 99 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 129 *** *** *** 36 30.4 21.3-41.2 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$50,000- 74,999 152 107 66.8 56.1-76.1 41 30.1 21.1-40.8 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$75,000+ 183 143 74.4 65.1-81.9 37 23.5 16.3-32.6 *** *** *** *** *** ***
DISABILITY STATUS1
Yes 338 186 49.7 42.2-57.3 101 31.1 24.2-39.1 41 16.7 11.5-23.7 *** *** ***
No 758 519 66.9 62.3-71.2 206 29.6 25.4-34.1 25 3.0 1.8- 4.7 *** *** ***
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY1
Yes 368 200 51.0 44.0-58.0 107 29.0 22.9-35.9 48 17.4 12.4-23.9 *** *** ***
No 732 507 66.8 62.0-71.3 200 30.4 25.9-35.2 20 2.5 1.4- 4.2 *** *** ***
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 139 94 69.2 58.8-77.9 38 26.2 18.1-36.4 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Veteran 960 613 61.5 57.1-65.6 268 30.2 26.3-34.4 62 7.2 5.3- 9.8 *** *** ***
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Regional City or Suburban County 269 177 64.4 57.1-71.1 79 31.3 24.9-38.5 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Rural 831 530 61.2 56.4-65.8 228 29.4 25.1-34.2 57 8.2 5.9-11.3 *** *** ***
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 508 352 67.1 61.5-72.3 136 29.5 24.4-35.1 16 2.9 1.7- 5.2 *** *** ***
Unemployed 34 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 374 234 61.7 55.5-67.6 115 31.0 25.6-37.0 21 6.4 3.8-10.5 *** *** ***
Unable to Work 112 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Other not in Labor Force 66 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL3
Less than 50% 28 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 126 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
101% to 150% 196 111 50.3 40.4-60.2 60 36.5 27.0-47.1 19 11.5 6.4-19.9 *** *** ***
151% to 200% 81 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
More than 200% 475 343 68.1 62.3-73.4 117 28.6 23.4-34.3 15 3.4 1.9- 5.9 *** *** ***
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER4
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 359 228 58.3 50.9-65.3 100 32.5 25.9-40.0 22 7.6 4.6-12.3 *** *** ***
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 439 284 64.8 58.3-70.9 116 25.6 20.3-31.8 32 8.6 5.4-13.4 *** *** ***
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 302 195 62.2 55.1-68.9 91 32.7 26.3-39.8 *** *** *** *** *** ***

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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.

Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.
Piedmont North Carolina: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Iredell, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Yadkin counties.
**Western North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties.

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