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QuickStats: Respondent-Assessed Health Status* Among Persons Aged >25 Years, by Education Level --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005

* 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 reported 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 to the 2000 U.S. standard population using four age groups: 25--44 years, 45--64 years, 65--74 years, and >75 years.

§ General Educational Development high school equivalency diploma.

95% confidence interval.

The percentage of adults aged >25 years whose health was reported as excellent or very good increased with education level. Persons with a bachelor's degree or higher (74.9%) were nearly twice as likely to be reported having excellent or very good health than persons with less than a high school diploma (39.8%). Persons with less than a high school diploma were most likely to be reported having fair or poor health.

SOURCE: National Health Interview Survey, 2005. Available at Additional information available at

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Date last reviewed: 5/10/2007




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