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2006 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina Counties and Regions

Folic Acid

Some health experts recommend that women take 400 micrograms of the B vitamin folic acid, for which of the following reasons....*

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N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
North Carolina 3,367 648 19.9 18.0-21.9 1,978 56.7 54.4-59.0 133 5.1 4.0- 6.4 608 18.3 16.6-20.1
COUNTY/REGIONS
Alamance 79 19 17.2 10.2-27.6 47 64.8 50.1-77.1 4 8.1 2.1-27.0 9 9.9 4.6-19.9
Buncombe 74 7 12.6 5.5-26.4 60 78.2 64.5-87.7 1 1.2 0.2- 8.2 6 8.0 3.3-17.8
Cabarrus 78 9 14.3 6.4-28.9 46 51.5 38.0-64.9 4 3.3 1.0-10.0 19 30.9 19.2-45.7
Catawba 82 17 23.4 14.1-36.2 52 62.3 49.1-73.8 4 3.3 1.1- 9.5 9 11.0 5.4-21.1
Cumberland 116 22 18.4 11.2-28.8 61 53.2 42.1-64.1 7 8.8 3.5-20.6 26 19.5 12.7-28.8
Davidson 84 17 22.0 12.9-34.8 45 48.6 36.3-61.1 7 10.5 4.8-21.5 15 19.0 10.2-32.5
Durham 128 18 11.9 6.8-19.8 80 58.9 46.8-70.0 7 9.5 3.6-22.9 23 19.7 11.9-30.8
Forsyth 84 14 20.2 10.3-35.7 52 56.3 42.5-69.2 5 7.7 2.4-22.5 13 15.8 8.9-26.5
Gaston 69 15 25.4 13.7-42.2 39 45.0 30.9-60.0 2 8.9 2.3-28.7 13 20.8 11.0-35.7
Guilford 99 15 17.6 9.6-30.0 56 52.0 40.1-63.7 5 6.3 2.5-15.0 23 24.1 14.9-36.6
Iredell 102 21 26.8 17.1-39.3 59 45.2 33.7-57.2 1 0.5 0.1- 3.8 21 27.5 16.1-42.9
Johnston 121 16 13.9 7.9-23.2 81 65.9 54.3-75.8 4 1.9 0.7- 5.1 20 18.3 11.0-28.9
Mecklenburg 238 46 18.1 13.1-24.5 137 55.8 47.6-63.6 14 9.7 4.7-19.2 41 16.4 11.7-22.5
New Hanover 78 11 20.8 10.4-37.3 49 54.6 40.3-68.2 2 3.0 0.6-13.5 16 21.6 11.5-36.7
Onslow 91 17 19.0 11.1-30.5 50 53.5 40.7-65.8 6 6.5 2.5-15.9 18 21.1 12.7-32.9
Orange 87 6 7.7 3.3-16.9 66 70.7 56.1-82.0 4 10.1 3.4-26.2 11 11.5 5.5-22.6
Pitt 115 23 23.7 15.2-35.1 63 49.1 38.6-59.6 3 3.0 0.9- 9.9 26 24.2 16.3-34.4
Randolph 76 12 11.9 6.1-21.7 52 75.3 62.8-84.6 2 1.6 0.4- 6.4 10 11.3 5.6-21.5
Robeson 76 12 18.6 10.1-31.8 43 57.0 43.3-69.7 2 2.4 0.6- 9.1 19 22.0 13.2-34.5
Rowan 84 23 22.4 13.8-34.2 38 50.7 38.1-63.3 4 6.3 2.3-16.2 19 20.6 12.7-31.7
Union 92 14 14.1 7.8-24.2 61 62.3 48.0-74.8 2 1.9 0.5- 7.2 15 21.7 11.1-38.1
Wake 198 35 22.9 15.5-32.5 132 61.0 51.6-69.5 4 2.8 1.0- 7.5 27 13.3 8.5-20.3
Carteret/Currituck/Craven/Dare/Hyde/Pamlico 67 16 26.4 15.1-41.9 33 50.3 34.9-65.6 2 2.5 0.6- 9.6 16 20.9 11.6-34.7
Northeast Partnership II*** 81 20 23.5 14.0-36.5 42 49.0 35.6-62.5 2 2.5 0.5-11.1 17 25.1 14.6-39.7
Northeast Partnership I*** 76 19 23.3 13.9-36.2 35 43.1 30.8-56.2 2 2.7 0.5-13.8 20 31.0 19.7-45.0
Franklin/Nash/Wilson 87 24 23.3 15.0-34.5 47 58.5 46.3-69.8 3 3.5 1.1-10.8 13 14.7 7.9-25.7
Duplin/Greene/Harn./Jones/Lenoir/Samp./Wayne 91 17 20.9 11.8-34.3 61 63.2 48.9-75.5 2 2.4 0.6- 9.2 11 13.5 5.9-28.1
Bladen/Brunswick/Columbus/Pender 71 18 33.0 18.5-51.7 36 46.0 31.5-61.1 4 6.8 2.0-20.2 13 14.3 7.3-26.2
Caswell/Granville/Person/Vance 88 23 18.3 10.5-30.0 45 58.8 45.3-71.0 4 7.9 2.5-22.7 16 15.0 8.5-25.0
Chatham/Lee/Moore 91 18 16.3 9.7-26.2 55 48.9 36.3-61.6 2 2.9 0.7-11.3 16 31.9 19.5-47.6
Anson/Hoke/Montgo./Richmond/Scotland/Stanly 114 29 22.3 14.2-33.4 55 46.3 35.0-57.9 4 3.3 1.1- 9.8 26 28.1 18.5-40.3
Davie/Rockingham/Stokes/Surry/Yadkin 76 24 30.9 20.6-43.5 39 51.0 38.4-63.5 2 2.9 0.7-11.0 11 15.1 7.9-27.1
Alleghany/Ashe/Avery/Watauga/Wilkes 88 20 25.7 15.8-38.9 44 44.3 32.6-56.8 7 8.4 3.6-18.6 17 21.6 11.9-35.8
Alexander/Burke/Caldwell/Cleve./Lincoln 94 17 20.1 11.7-32.5 60 56.4 43.9-68.1 1 0.4 0.1- 2.6 16 23.1 14.0-35.7
Mountain AHEC (Excludes Buncombe) 92 14 11.5 5.9-21.3 57 68.9 55.7-79.6 4 6.4 1.7-21.8 17 13.1 7.3-22.6
NORTHEASTERN PARTNERSHIP***
Yes 183 49 25.4 18.5-33.9 87 47.5 38.1-57.0 4 2.0 0.6- 6.3 43 25.1 17.9-34.0
No 3,184 599 19.6 17.7-21.6 1,891 57.2 54.8-59.6 129 5.2 4.1- 6.6 565 18.0 16.2-19.9
NC REGIONS**
Eastern NC 1,099 223 22.5 19.1-26.2 610 53.5 49.3-57.5 41 4.0 2.7- 6.0 225 20.0 17.0-23.4
Piedmont 1,952 374 19.4 17.0-22.1 1,167 56.7 53.6-59.7 79 5.6 4.2- 7.6 332 18.3 16.0-20.7
Western NC 316 51 16.3 11.8-22.1 201 64.4 57.4-70.8 13 4.6 2.1- 9.6 51 14.8 10.7-20.1
AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS(AHEC)
Mountain AHEC*** 166 21 11.9 7.1-19.4 117 72.6 63.2-80.4 5 4.4 1.3-13.7 23 11.1 6.8-17.5
Northwest 635 137 23.4 19.2-28.2 353 51.6 46.5-56.7 30 5.1 3.2- 8.2 115 19.9 16.0-24.5
Charlotte 540 97 18.3 14.5-22.9 324 55.8 50.2-61.3 25 7.2 4.1-12.6 94 18.6 14.8-23.2
Greensboro 423 73 16.2 11.9-21.7 267 60.1 53.5-66.3 17 5.5 3.0- 9.6 66 18.2 13.5-24.2
Southern Regional 368 82 22.5 17.0-29.1 198 54.5 47.3-61.5 14 4.4 2.2- 8.8 74 18.7 14.0-24.4
Coastal 148 28 29.0 18.6-42.0 85 48.3 37.7-59.0 5 5.5 2.0-14.0 30 17.3 11.0-26.2
Wake 564 92 18.4 13.7-24.1 359 60.9 54.9-66.6 19 4.7 2.6- 8.3 94 16.0 12.4-20.5
Area L 121 35 27.1 18.9-37.2 55 45.8 35.4-56.6 6 4.7 1.9-11.0 25 22.4 14.4-33.2
Eastern 402 83 21.6 16.7-27.5 220 51.8 45.1-58.5 12 2.7 1.4- 5.1 87 23.9 18.3-30.6

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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.

**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.

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

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