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Chronic Disease Disparities by County Economic Status and Metropolitan Classification, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2013


Figure. Prevalence (weighted estimates and 95% CIs) of hypertension by county metropolitan classification and economic category, adults (≥18 y), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2013. Hypertension was defined by self-report of ever having been told by a health professional that they had hypertension. Metropolitan and nonmetropolitan categories were determined by using the Office of Management and Budget’s February 2013 delineations and data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division (http://www.census.gov/population/metro/). County economic status was determined by using 2013 unemployment rate, per capita market income, and poverty rate for each county. An index was used to order counties into quintiles (poorest, poor, median, affluent, and most affluent). Abbreviations: CI, confidence interval; metro, metropolitan; nonmetro, nonmetropolitan.

Economic Category Metro (95% CI) Nonmetro (95% CI)
Poorest 35.9 (35.1–36.8) 42.0 (40.8–43.2)
Poor 33.9 (33.1–34.7) 39.7 (38.6–40.8)
Median 33.2 (32.6–33.9) 38.4 (37.3–39.5)
Affluent 32.1 (31.4–32.9) 35.6 (34.4–36.7)
Most affluent 29.8 (29.2–30.3) 31.9 (30.9–32.9)

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