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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18–64 Years Who Reported Fair or Poor Health,* by Type of Locality† — National Health Interview Survey, 2008–2010§

The figure shows the percentage of adults aged 18-64 years who reported fair or poor health status during 2008-2010, by type of locality. The percentage of adults aged 18-64 years reporting fair or poor health during 2008-2010 was lowest among those residing in large fringe metropolitan counties (7.9%) and highest among those in the most rural counties (15.7%). Compared with large fringe metropolitan counties, the prevalence of fair or poor health was 20% higher in large central metropolitan counties (9.5%), 39% higher in medium metropolitan counties (11.0%), 34% higher in small metropolitan counties (10.6%), 68% higher in nonmetropolitan town/city (micropolitan) counties (13.3%), and 99% higher in nonmetropolitan rural counties (15.7%).

* Respondents were asked, "Would you say your health in general is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?"

Counties were classified into urbanization levels based on a classification scheme that considers metropolitan/nonmetropolitan status, population, and other factors.

§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey family core and sample adult questionnaires.

95% confidence interval.

The percentage of adults aged 18–64 years reporting fair or poor health during 2008–2010 was lowest among those residing in large fringe metropolitan counties (7.9%) and highest among those in the most rural counties (15.7%). Compared with large fringe metropolitan counties, the prevalence of fair or poor health was 20% higher in large central metropolitan counties (9.5%), 39% higher in medium metropolitan counties (11.0%), 34% higher in small metropolitan counties (10.6%), 68% higher in nonmetropolitan town/city (micropolitan) counties (13.3%), and 99% higher in nonmetropolitan rural counties (15.7%).

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

Ingram DD, Franco SJ. NCHS urban-rural classification scheme for counties. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 2012;2(154). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_02/sr02_154.pdf.

Reported by: Sheila J. Franco, sfranco@cdc.gov, 301-458-4331; Deborah D. Ingram, PhD.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged 18-64 years who reported fair or poor health status during 2008-2010, by type of locality. The percentage of adults aged 18-64 years reporting fair or poor health during 2008-2010 was lowest among those residing in large fringe metropolitan counties (7.9%) and highest among those in the most rural counties (15.7%). Compared with large fringe metropolitan counties, the prevalence of fair or poor health was 20% higher in large central metropolitan counties (9.5%), 39% higher in medium metropolitan counties (11.0%), 34% higher in small metropolitan counties (10.6%), 68% higher in nonmetropolitan town/city (micropolitan) counties (13.3%), and 99% higher in nonmetropolitan rural counties (15.7%).


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