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2004 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Environmental Factors

Things like smog, automobile exhaust, and chemicals can cause outdoor air pollution. In the past 12 months have you had an illness or symptom that you think was caused by pollution in the air outdoors?

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  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 14,801 1,863 12.0 11.4-12.7 12,938 88.0 87.3-88.6
GENDER
Male 5,464 521 9.3 8.4-10.3 4,943 90.7 89.7-91.6
Female 9,337 1,342 14.5 13.7-15.5 7,995 85.5 84.5-86.3
RACE
White 11,070 1,342 11.6 10.9-12.3 9,728 88.4 87.7-89.1
African American 2,651 378 14.0 12.4-15.7 2,273 86.0 84.3-87.6
Asian 87 14 13.5 7.4-23.5 73 86.5 76.5-92.6
Native American 287 46 14.8 10.2-21.0 241 85.2 79.0-89.8
Other Minorities 619 70 10.7 7.8-14.6 549 89.3 85.4-92.2
HISPANIC
Hispanic 669 76 11.1 8.2-15.0 593 88.9 85.0-91.8
-English Speaking 278 39 14.0 9.4-20.3 239 86.0 79.7-90.6
-Spanish Speaking 391 37 9.8 6.3-15.0 354 90.2 85.0-93.7
Non-Hispanic 14,111 1,785 12.1 11.5-12.8 12,326 87.9 87.2-88.5
AGE
18-24 828 97 11.1 8.7-14.0 731 88.9 86.0-91.3
25-34 2,374 248 9.8 8.5-11.3 2,126 90.2 88.7-91.5
35-44 2,796 393 13.8 12.2-15.5 2,403 86.2 84.5-87.8
45-54 2,768 406 14.8 13.1-16.6 2,362 85.2 83.4-86.9
55-64 2,504 360 13.2 11.7-14.8 2,144 86.8 85.2-88.3
65-74 1,964 221 9.5 8.2-11.1 1,743 90.5 88.9-91.8
75+ 1,494 130 8.2 6.5-10.2 1,364 91.8 89.8-93.5
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 2,443 331 12.2 10.7-13.9 2,112 87.8 86.1-89.3
H.S. or G.E.D. 4,359 520 11.6 10.4-12.8 3,839 88.4 87.2-89.6
Some Post-H.S. 3,708 493 13.6 12.2-15.1 3,215 86.4 84.9-87.8
College Graduate 4,265 515 11.1 10.0-12.3 3,750 88.9 87.7-90.0
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 1,688 297 17.4 14.9-20.1 1,391 82.6 79.9-85.1
$15,000- 24,999 2,513 301 11.0 9.6-12.7 2,212 89.0 87.3-90.4
$25,000- 34,999 1,711 220 12.8 11.0-14.9 1,491 87.2 85.1-89.0
$35,000- 49,999 1,955 226 12.1 10.4-14.1 1,729 87.9 85.9-89.6
$50,000-74,999 1,773 188 10.1 8.5-12.0 1,585 89.9 88.0-91.5
$75,000+ 2,000 198 9.4 8.0-11.0 1,802 90.6 89.0-92.0
DISABILITY STATUS
Yes 4,677 852 18.3 16.9-19.8 3,825 81.7 80.2-83.1
No 9,689 974 9.6 8.9-10.3 8,715 90.4 89.7-91.1
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 1,897 183 9.8 8.2-11.7 1,714 90.2 88.3-91.8
Non-Veteran 12,713 1,665 12.5 11.8-13.2 11,048 87.5 86.8-88.2
Currently Serving 167 14 7.5 4.0-13.6 153 92.5 86.4-96.0

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^Use caution in interpreting percentages with a numerator of less than 20. N = numerator, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

** Northeast NC I: Bertie, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, and Warren counties.
Northeast NC II: Beaufort, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Hyde, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.
Northeastern Partnership: Northeast NC I and II regions combined.
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC): Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey counties.

*** Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.
Piedmont North Carolina: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Iredell, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Yadkin counties.
Western North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties.

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