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Table 1. Percentage of adults reporting fair or poor self-rated health by demographic characteristics, chronic disease conditions, and risk factors Adults >= 18 Years, BRFSS 2009

Data and Statistics

The table below presents the percentage of respondents who reported fair or poor health by demographic factors, chronic disease conditions, and risk behaviors using the 2009 BRFSS.

The self-rated health question is one of four core health-related quality of life measures that have been monitored by states since 1993 using the BRFSS. The question asks “Would you say that in general your health is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?”



Variable
Category
Number of respondents
Percent
95% lower *
confidence limit
95% upper *
confidence limit
Overall
422,199
15.9
15.6
16.2
Sex
Men
160,244
14.8
14.4
15.2
Women
261,955
16.9
16.6
17.3
Age group
18-24
12,702
9.0
8.0
10.0
25-34
36,353
9.7
9.1
10.4
35-44
58,596
11.8
11.2
12.3
45-54
84,904
16.4
15.9
16.9
55-64
93,089
21.8
21.2
22.3
65-74
71,877
23.0
22.4
23.6
75 or older
61,101
30.1
29.4
30.8
Race-ethnicity
White non-Hispanic
336,768
13.4
13.2
13.7
Black non-Hispanic
32,687
20.8
19.9
21.7
Asian
6,974
9.2
7.9
10.4
Pacific Islander
689
18.7
12.2
25.1
American Indian/Alaskan Native
5,900
24.3
21.9
26.6
Other non-Hispanic
9,170
20.7
18.9
22.5
Hispanic
25,420
24.7
23.6
25.8
Hispanic ethnicity
Yes
25,420
24.7
23.6
25.8
No
394,476
14.5
14.2
14.7
Educational level
< High school
38,788
37.0
35.8
38.1
High school graduate
126,094
20.0
19.5
20.5
Some college
113,360
14.4
13.9
14.8
College graduate
142,517
7.1
6.8
7.4
Annual household income level
<$15,000
40,578
39.6
38.5
40.8
$15,000-$24,999
64,396
27.3
26.5
28.1
$25,000-$34,999
44,409
20.2
19.3
21.0
$35,000-$49,999
56,660
13.4
12.8
14.0
$50,000 or more
159,624
6.2
5.9
6.5
Unknown/Refused
56,532
18.6
17.8
19.4
Employment status
Employed
175,980
8.6
8.3
8.9
Self-employed
35,747
9.5
8.7
10.2
Out of work one year or more
9,862
26.1
24.3
27.9
Out of work less than one year
14,434
16.8
15.4
18.1
Homemaker
31,482
16.8
15.9
17.7
Student
6,520
6.5
5.5
7.6
Retired
118,064
24.6
24.1
25.0
Unable to work
28,272
66.7
65.4
68.0
Marital status
Married
238,055
13.3
13.0
13.6
Divorced
57,574
24.3
23.5
25.0
Widowed
59,555
30.3
29.5
31.0
Separated
8,366
33.9
31.6
36.2
Never married
47,842
13.3
12.6
14.0
Unmarried couple
8,972
18.8
17.1
20.6
Body-mass index category
Underweight
6,411
21.2
19.1
23.3
Normal weight
135,384
10.9
10.5
11.3
Overweight
147,537
13.5
13.1
13.9
Obese
113,658
24.0
23.5
24.6
Cigarette smoking status
Current smoker-every day
50,476
23.6
22.8
24.4
Current smoker-some days
18,101
20.6
19.2
22.0
Former smoker
127,400
18.8
18.4
19.3
Never smoked
223,536
12.4
12.0
12.7
Binge drinking
Yes
43,893
10.4
9.7
11.1
No
365,836
16.8
16.5
17.1
Leisure-time physical activity
Yes
307,156
11.3
11.0
11.5
No
114,516
30.2
29.6
30.8
Has health insurance coverage
Yes
377,269
14.8
14.6
15.1
No
43,906
21.7
20.8
22.6
Self-rated health
Good-excellent
341,245
0.0
0.0
0.0
Fair-poor
80,954
100.0
100.0
100.0
Diabetes mellitus
Yes
50,749
45.0
44.1
46.0
No
371,058
13.0
12.7
13.3
High blood pressure
Yes
163,836
29.0
28.5
29.5
No
257,484
10.5
10.2
10.8

* A confidence interval (CI) describes the level of variability in a sample estimate and specifies the range in which the true value of the population that the sample represents is likely to fall. We use the 95% confidence level, which means that this population value falls within 95% of the confidence intervals estimated from samples of this population. When comparing the prevalence estimates of variables by categories, we recommend the use of confidence intervals. If the 95% confidence intervals of these estimates do NOT overlap, these estimates differ statistically significantly from each other at the 0.05 significance level.

 

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