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2016 BRFSS Survey Results: Western North Carolina**

Health Literacy

You can find written information about health on the Internet, in newspapers and magazines, and in brochures in the doctor’s office and clinic. In general, how difficult is it for you to understand written health information? Would you say it is…

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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
-Western 1,099 663 59.1 55.0-63.0 293 26.7 23.3-30.4 65 6.2 4.5- 8.6 22 2.2 1.3- 3.8 56 5.9 4.2- 8.2
GENDER
Male 474 271 55.7 49.6-61.6 132 28.5 23.3-34.4 32 7.2 4.5-11.3 *** *** *** 30 6.7 4.3-10.4
Female 625 392 62.3 57.0-67.2 161 25.0 20.8-29.6 33 5.3 3.3- 8.1 *** *** *** 26 5.1 3.0- 8.3
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 958 587 60.1 55.8-64.3 257 26.4 22.9-30.3 52 5.9 4.1- 8.5 *** *** *** 44 5.3 3.7- 7.5
Non-Hispanic Black 39 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Other 13 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 159 104 64.5 54.2-73.5 37 23.6 16.0-33.4 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
35-44 126 *** *** *** 31 27.1 18.5-37.9 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
45-54 153 93 60.4 50.4-69.6 38 22.1 15.3-30.7 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
55-64 231 144 59.4 50.6-67.7 53 23.9 17.2-32.2 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
65-74 254 150 55.4 47.6-63.0 82 36.1 28.9-44.0 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
75+ 162 85 50.8 41.4-60.1 49 29.9 22.1-39.1 *** *** *** *** *** *** 16 10.5 6.1-17.6
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 152 *** *** *** 51 34.6 25.1-45.6 23 13.4 7.7-22.3 *** *** *** *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 305 152 52.2 44.7-59.6 103 31.9 25.5-39.1 20 5.4 3.2- 9.2 *** *** *** 20 7.9 4.8-12.8
Some Post-H.S. 328 206 64.8 58.1-70.9 90 24.5 19.4-30.5 *** *** *** *** *** *** 15 4.5 2.5- 8.0
College Graduate 315 252 82.6 77.1-87.0 50 14.5 10.5-19.7 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 132 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 215 121 56.4 46.3-66.0 55 26.9 19.0-36.7 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$25,000- 34,999 99 *** *** *** 29 27.0 18.1-38.3 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 129 79 62.8 52.1-72.4 41 31.0 22.3-41.3 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$50,000- 74,999 153 101 63.7 53.0-73.3 43 29.5 20.7-40.1 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$75,000+ 184 138 72.7 63.4-80.4 37 22.0 15.0-31.1 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
DISABILITY STATUS1
Yes 339 166 47.0 39.3-54.7 108 28.2 22.1-35.3 32 10.5 6.3-16.9 *** *** *** 24 9.8 5.8-16.2
No 757 495 63.8 59.2-68.2 186 26.2 22.3-30.6 33 4.5 3.0- 6.9 *** *** *** 32 4.3 2.8- 6.6
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY1
Yes 366 167 42.4 35.7-49.4 121 32.4 26.2-39.3 35 11.5 7.3-17.7 *** *** *** 27 8.4 5.2-13.4
No 734 496 66.0 61.2-70.5 173 24.3 20.4-28.7 30 4.0 2.5- 6.2 *** *** *** 29 4.8 3.0- 7.6
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 138 84 61.1 50.4-70.9 40 30.6 21.7-41.2 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Veteran 961 579 58.9 54.6-63.1 253 26.1 22.5-30.0 58 6.4 4.6- 9.0 22 2.5 1.4- 4.2 49 6.1 4.3- 8.6
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Regional City or Suburban County 270 178 65.5 58.3-72.1 72 27.3 21.3-34.2 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Rural 830 485 56.5 51.7-61.2 222 26.5 22.5-30.9 56 7.3 5.1-10.3 *** *** *** 48 7.0 4.8-10.0
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 512 355 66.2 60.5-71.5 109 22.6 18.1-27.8 21 4.7 2.7- 8.2 *** *** *** 24 5.7 3.5- 9.4
Unemployed 34 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 374 205 53.6 47.2-59.7 125 33.1 27.5-39.2 18 5.5 3.1- 9.5 *** *** *** 19 5.6 3.2- 9.5
Unable to Work 109 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Other not in Labor Force 65 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL3
Less than 50% 29 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 126 *** *** *** 31 23.7 15.1-35.2 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
101% to 150% 195 101 48.8 38.9-58.8 58 32.5 23.8-42.7 24 12.5 7.1-21.0 *** *** *** *** *** ***
151% to 200% 81 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
More than 200% 477 323 66.4 60.6-71.6 127 28.0 23.0-33.6 *** *** *** *** *** *** 18 4.2 2.4- 7.3
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER4
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 360 205 53.4 46.0-60.6 94 26.8 20.8-33.8 27 9.0 5.6-14.2 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 437 257 58.4 51.9-64.6 121 26.0 21.0-31.8 *** *** *** *** *** *** 25 7.3 4.5-11.6
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 303 201 64.7 57.6-71.2 79 27.5 21.5-34.4 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***

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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.

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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