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2004 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina Counties and Regions

Folic Acid

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N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
North Carolina 4,043 667 17.1 15.7-18.7 2,597 61.9 59.9-63.8 143 3.9 3.2- 4.8 636 17.1 15.6-18.6
COUNTY/REGIONS***
Alamance 96 16 14.0 8.4-22.6 63 66.9 55.6-76.5 4 4.4 1.4-12.7 13 14.7 8.1-25.1
Buncombe 95 7 7.9 3.6-16.7 78 78.9 67.9-86.8 3 5.4 1.7-15.5 7 7.8 3.6-16.1
Cabarrus 110 27 23.9 16.2-33.6 66 58.9 48.6-68.5 1 1.6 0.2-10.5 16 15.6 9.5-24.7
Catawba 104 15 13.8 8.1-22.7 73 68.6 57.8-77.7 3 2.8 0.9- 8.7 13 14.8 8.4-24.6
Cumberland 141 23 15.7 10.2-23.3 85 55.6 46.1-64.8 4 2.3 0.8- 6.2 29 26.4 18.2-36.6
Davidson 76 19 20.4 12.2-32.1 39 52.6 39.7-65.1 6 8.2 3.1-20.0 12 18.9 10.4-31.8
Durham 155 17 11.6 6.9-18.8 112 66.6 56.6-75.2 5 2.3 0.9- 5.6 21 19.6 12.1-30.1
Forsyth 118 15 13.3 7.7-22.0 79 69.1 59.2-77.5 3 2.1 0.6- 6.9 21 15.6 9.9-23.5
Gaston 89 12 13.3 7.3-22.9 60 69.0 57.7-78.4 3 3.9 1.2-12.4 14 13.8 7.8-23.2
Guilford 100 29 28.6 19.7-39.6 56 49.5 38.7-60.4 2 3.2 0.8-12.1 13 18.6 10.8-30.3
Iredell 113 15 12.2 6.9-20.5 77 67.2 56.0-76.7 3 2.8 0.8- 9.4 18 17.9 10.8-28.1
Johnston 141 19 13.0 8.1-20.2 89 56.7 46.7-66.1 6 6.2 2.6-14.1 27 24.2 16.3-34.2
Mecklenburg 210 33 14.7 10.1-20.9 134 62.2 54.5-69.2 10 6.1 3.2-11.5 33 17.0 12.0-23.7
New Hanover 100 15 14.1 7.9-23.8 67 67.4 56.1-77.1 4 5.5 2.0-13.9 14 13.0 7.1-22.8
Onslow 117 28 24.4 16.9-33.8 70 53.4 43.2-63.3 7 8.0 3.7-16.5 12 14.2 7.7-24.6
Orange 158 11 6.3 3.4-11.4 119 72.3 63.1-79.9 5 4.0 1.5-10.6 23 17.5 11.1-26.3
Pitt 126 24 21.6 13.9-31.9 84 62.7 52.2-72.0 6 4.3 1.8- 9.6 12 11.5 6.1-20.4
Randolph 84 19 25.5 16.1-38.0 45 43.6 32.3-55.7 2 2.0 0.4- 8.1 18 28.9 18.2-42.7
Robeson 99 21 17.5 11.0-26.8 57 58.7 46.7-69.7 1 0.9 0.1- 6.2 20 22.9 13.8-35.5
Rowan 108 21 20.0 12.7-29.9 64 56.3 45.4-66.7 5 4.4 1.7-11.0 18 19.3 11.5-30.5
Union 130 15 14.3 8.3-23.4 97 71.3 61.0-79.7 5 4.6 1.4-13.6 13 9.9 5.5-17.1
Wake 245 43 21.0 15.3-28.1 159 61.8 54.4-68.7 8 3.4 1.4- 8.0 35 13.9 9.7-19.4
Carteret/Currituck/Craven/Dare/Hyde/Pamlico 74 11 14.7 7.9-25.6 47 60.6 47.8-72.0 0 0.0 . - . 16 24.8 15.3-37.4
Northeast Partnership II 92 16 18.1 10.7-28.9 54 55.6 43.5-67.1 5 5.9 2.1-15.4 17 20.4 11.7-33.0
Northeast Partnership I 87 17 14.9 8.8-24.2 37 41.4 30.2-53.6 6 12.9 5.7-26.7 27 30.7 21.0-42.6
Franklin/Nash/Wilson 85 15 15.6 8.7-26.3 59 72.3 60.7-81.5 4 5.5 2.1-13.9 7 6.6 3.0-13.9
Duplin/Greene/Harn./Jones/Lenoir/Samp./Wayne 125 26 20.8 14.0-29.7 75 60.5 50.7-69.5 4 1.9 0.7- 5.0 20 16.8 10.6-25.7
Bladen/Brunswick/Columbus/Pender 82 19 27.5 16.5-41.9 47 53.4 40.7-65.7 2 1.6 0.4- 6.7 14 17.5 10.0-28.7
Caswell/Granville/Person/Vance 92 19 19.0 11.7-29.5 52 56.1 44.9-66.7 1 1.4 0.2- 9.0 20 23.5 15.4-34.2
Chatham/Lee/Moore 111 17 22.0 13.1-34.4 76 57.3 45.1-68.7 2 1.2 0.3- 4.8 16 19.5 10.7-32.9
Anson/Hoke/Montgo./Richmond/Scotland/Stanly 146 15 9.2 5.1-16.0 84 56.4 46.9-65.4 2 1.1 0.2- 4.6 45 33.4 25.1-42.9
Davie/Rockingham/Stokes/Surry/Yadkin 87 20 25.3 16.2-37.3 51 55.4 43.7-66.6 5 6.0 2.4-14.0 11 13.2 7.1-23.3
Alleghany/Ashe/Avery/Watagua/Wilkes 92 13 16.1 8.8-27.7 63 66.5 54.8-76.4 5 6.1 2.4-14.9 11 11.2 6.1-19.9
Alexander/Burke/Caldwell/Cleve./Lincoln 115 14 12.2 6.8-21.2 81 70.1 59.5-78.9 6 4.7 1.8-11.4 14 13.0 7.4-21.9
Mountain AHEC (Excludes Buncombe) 140 21 13.9 8.3-22.5 98 69.4 58.9-78.2 5 3.9 1.4-10.0 16 12.8 6.9-22.7
NORTHEASTERN PARTNERSHIP**
Yes 199 38 18.4 13.1-25.4 102 48.9 40.9-56.8 11 7.8 4.1-14.5 48 24.9 18.4-32.7
No 3,844 629 17.1 15.5-18.7 2,495 62.5 60.5-64.4 132 3.7 3.0- 4.6 588 16.7 15.2-18.3
NC REGIONS***
Eastern NC 1,307 239 18.1 15.7-20.8 783 57.6 54.3-60.8 49 4.0 2.9- 5.5 236 20.3 17.6-23.1
Piedmont 2,335 376 17.6 15.6-19.8 1,526 61.9 59.3-64.4 77 3.7 2.8- 5.0 356 16.8 14.9-18.9
Western NC 401 52 13.0 9.4-17.7 288 70.6 64.6-75.9 17 4.6 2.7- 7.8 44 11.8 8.2-16.8
AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS(AHEC)****
Mountain AHEC 226 26 11.1 6.9-17.3 170 73.3 65.2-80.2 8 4.6 2.2- 9.5 22 11.0 6.4-18.2
Northwest 731 119 16.4 13.2-20.1 474 64.5 60.1-68.6 33 4.4 3.0- 6.5 105 14.8 12.0-18.1
Charlotte 625 94 14.5 11.5-18.3 412 63.5 58.7-68.1 21 5.0 3.0- 8.1 98 17.0 13.5-21.0
Greensboro 523 86 19.8 15.6-24.9 347 59.0 53.4-64.4 15 3.1 1.6- 6.0 75 18.0 13.8-23.1
Southern Regional 432 73 17.4 13.3-22.5 258 57.1 51.3-62.7 11 2.1 1.1- 3.9 90 23.4 18.7-28.9
Coastal 177 34 19.3 13.6-26.7 111 63.0 54.7-70.5 6 3.7 1.6- 8.3 26 14.0 9.1-20.7
Wake 672 106 18.3 14.5-22.9 434 61.0 56.0-65.8 21 3.3 1.8- 5.9 111 17.4 14.0-21.4
Area L 134 24 16.9 10.8-25.5 84 63.0 53.4-71.7 6 6.4 2.8-13.7 20 13.7 8.6-21.2
Eastern 488 97 20.2 16.1-25.0 290 55.4 49.9-60.8 21 4.2 2.5- 7.0 80 20.1 15.8-25.2

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* This question was asked only of respondents who reported being between ages 18 and 44.

^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, Edgecombe, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.
Northeastern Partnership: Northeast NC I and II regions combined.

*** 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.
Mountain Area Health Education Center (AHEC): Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey counties.

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