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QuickStats: Health Status* Among Persons Aged >25 Years, by Education Level --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2007

The percentage of adults aged >25 years whose health was reported as excellent or very good increased with increased levels of education. Persons with a bachelorís degree or higher (73.1%) were nearly twice as likely to be reported as being in excellent or very good health as persons with less than a high school diploma (37.9%). Persons with less than a high school diploma were most likely to be reported as being in fair or poor health.

* Health status data were obtained by asking respondents to assess their own health and that of family members living in the same household as excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. Data are presented only for family members aged >25 years.

Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the noninstitutionalized, U.S. civilian population. Denominators for each category exclude persons for whom data were missing. Estimates are age adjusted using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population and using four age groups: 25--44 years, 45--64 years, 65--74 years, and >75 years.

§ General Educational Development.

The percentage of adults aged >25 years whose health was reported as excellent or very good increased with increased levels of education. Persons with a bachelor's degree or higher (73.1%) were nearly twice as likely to be reported as being in excellent or very good health as persons with less than a high school diploma (37.9%). Persons with less than a high school diploma were most likely to be reported as being in fair or poor health.

SOURCES: National Health Interview Survey 2007 data. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm. Adams PF, Barnes PM, Vickerie JL. Summary health statistics for the U.S. population: National Health Interview Survey, 2007. Vital Health Stat 2008;10(238).

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Date last reviewed: 11/26/2008

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