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QuickStats: Health Status* Among Persons Aged ≥25 Years, by Education Level --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2009

The figure shows the health status among persons aged ≥25 years, by education level in the United States in 2009. According to the figure, the percentage of adults aged ≥25 years whose health was reported as excellent or very good increased as levels of education increased. Persons with a bachelor's degree or higher (74.1%) 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 (38.3%). Persons with less than a high school diploma were approximately four times more likely than those at the highest educational level to be reported as being in fair or poor health. The same pattern was observed, but to a lesser extent, for those in good 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 U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized 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.

95% confidence interval.

The percentage of adults aged ≥25 years whose health was reported as excellent or very good increased as levels of education increased. Persons with a bachelor's degree or higher (74.1%) 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 (38.3%). Persons with less than a high school diploma were approximately four times more likely than those at the highest educational level to be reported as being in fair or poor health. The same pattern was observed, but to a lesser extent, for those in good health.

Sources: National Health Interview Survey 2009 data. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Adams PF, Martinez ME, Vickerie JL. Summary health statistics for the U.S. population: National Health Interview Survey, 2009. Vital Health Stat 2010;10(248). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_248.pdf.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the health status among persons aged ≥25 years, by education level in the United States in 2009. According to the figure, the percentage of adults aged ≥25 years whose health was reported as excellent or very good increased as levels of education increased. Persons with a bachelor's degree or higher (74.1%) 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 (38.3%). Persons with less than a high school diploma were approximately four times more likely than those at the highest educational level to be reported as being in fair or poor health. The same pattern was observed, but to a lesser extent, for those in good health.



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