2020 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Cognitive Decline

During the past 12 months, have you experienced confusion or memory loss that is happening more often or is getting worse?*

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  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 3,293 221 6.9 5.9- 8.2 3,072 93.1 91.8-94.1
GENDER
Male 1,418 105 7.2 5.7- 8.9 1,313 92.8 91.1-94.3
Female 1,875 116 6.7 5.3- 8.5 1,759 93.3 91.5-94.7
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 2,245 147 7.1 5.8- 8.7 2,098 92.9 91.3-94.2
Non-Hispanic Black 641 37 5.7 4.0- 8.3 604 94.3 91.7-96.0
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 102 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Multiracial 45 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 39 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Hispanic 150 11 7.5 3.8-14.3 139 92.5 85.7-96.2
AGE
45-54 792 44 5.4 3.9- 7.5 748 94.6 92.5-96.1
55-64 885 56 6.6 4.8- 9.1 829 93.4 90.9-95.2
65-74 922 70 7.7 5.8-10.2 852 92.3 89.8-94.2
75+ 598 47 9.3 6.3-13.5 551 90.7 86.5-93.7
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 320 34 11.6 7.7-17.1 286 88.4 82.9-92.3
H.S. or G.E.D. 816 62 7.8 5.7-10.5 754 92.2 89.5-94.3
Some Post-H.S. 947 73 6.6 5.1- 8.7 874 93.4 91.3-94.9
College Graduate 1,199 50 4.0 2.8- 5.5 1,149 96.0 94.5-97.2
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 1,194 190 17.1 14.4-20.1 1,004 82.9 79.9-85.6
No 2,087 31 1.4 0.9- 2.2 2,056 98.6 97.8-99.1
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 481 54 11.1 8.1-14.9 427 88.9 85.1-91.9
Non-Veteran 2,805 167 6.2 5.1- 7.5 2,638 93.8 92.5-94.9
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,374 34 2.2 1.5- 3.3 1,340 97.8 96.7-98.5
Unemployed 138 *** *** *** 131 92.2 83.5-96.5
Retired 1,343 99 7.8 5.9-10.1 1,244 92.2 89.9-94.1
Unable to Work 318 78 25.8 20.2-32.4 240 74.2 67.6-79.8
Other not in Labor Force 102 *** *** *** 99 95.3 86.0-98.6
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 238 32 14.8 9.6-22.1 206 85.2 77.9-90.4
$15,000- 24,999 457 45 10.4 7.2-14.8 412 89.6 85.2-92.8
$25,000- 34,999 265 22 8.6 5.1-14.1 243 91.4 85.9-94.9
$35,000- 49,999 351 26 8.2 5.0-13.0 325 91.8 87.0-95.0
$50,000-74,999 408 19 4.2 2.5- 7.1 389 95.8 92.9-97.5
$75,000+ 894 28 3.0 1.9- 4.8 866 97.0 95.2-98.1
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 680 49 7.7 5.5-10.8 631 92.3 89.2-94.5
POVERTY LEVEL1
Less than 50% 64 *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 274 26 11.8 7.3-18.4 248 88.2 81.6-92.7
101% to 150% 334 30 8.7 5.7-13.0 304 91.3 87.0-94.3
151% to 200% 274 27 9.1 5.7-14.4 247 90.9 85.6-94.3
More than 200% 1,655 74 4.4 3.3- 5.9 1,581 95.6 94.1-96.7
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 680 49 7.7 5.5-10.8 631 92.3 89.2-94.5
HOUSING
Own 2,594 157 6.5 5.3- 7.9 2,437 93.5 92.1-94.7
Rent 530 54 9.8 7.2-13.2 476 90.2 86.8-92.8
Other arrangement 135 *** *** *** 125 90.3 80.0-95.6
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 862 45 5.6 4.0- 7.8 817 94.4 92.2-96.0
Regional City or Suburban County 882 58 7.4 5.4-10.1 824 92.6 89.9-94.6
Rural 1,549 118 7.6 6.0- 9.5 1,431 92.4 90.5-94.0
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 1,001 76 7.6 5.8- 9.8 925 92.4 90.2-94.2
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 1,072 64 5.4 4.0- 7.3 1,008 94.6 92.7-96.0
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,220 81 7.9 6.1-10.3 1,139 92.1 89.7-93.9
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 988 69 8.1 6.1-10.8 919 91.9 89.2-93.9
2nd Quartile 839 50 6.5 4.6- 9.1 789 93.5 90.9-95.4
3rd Quartile 923 61 5.9 4.4- 7.7 862 94.1 92.3-95.6
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 543 41 7.5 5.1-10.9 502 92.5 89.1-94.9

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*Asked only of Respondents aged 45 or older.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to changes in the weighting methodology and other factors, results from 2020 are NOT comparable to 2010
and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

1Based on 2020 U.S Census Bureau poverty threshold incomes. Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

2Based on U.S Census Bureau population estimates at the county level. Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

3NC Dept. of Commerce County Tier Classification, based on respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

4Quartile of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Social Vulnerability Index
(https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/placeandhealth/svi/index.html) for respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

^Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50, % = 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.

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