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%)
North Carolina 3,293 221 6.9 5.9- 8.2 3,072 93.1 91.8-94.1
-FEMALES 1,875 116 6.7 5.3- 8.5 1,759 93.3 91.5-94.7
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 1,294 82 7.6 5.7- 9.9 1,212 92.4 90.1-94.3
Non-Hispanic Black 377 18 4.3 2.5- 7.4 359 95.7 92.6-97.5
Other 53 *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
45-54 415 24 5.2 3.3- 8.1 391 94.8 91.9-96.7
55-64 489 31 7.9 5.1-11.9 458 92.1 88.1-94.9
65-74 538 39 6.8 4.7- 9.9 499 93.2 90.1-95.3
75+ 370 19 7.5 3.7-14.4 351 92.5 85.6-96.3
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 175 17 12.1 6.7-21.0 158 87.9 79.0-93.3
H.S. or G.E.D. 461 31 7.2 4.6-11.3 430 92.8 88.7-95.4
Some Post-H.S. 552 44 6.8 4.7- 9.8 508 93.2 90.2-95.3
College Graduate 683 23 3.4 2.1- 5.5 660 96.6 94.5-97.9
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 167 20 13.4 7.4-22.9 147 86.6 77.1-92.6
$15,000- 24,999 273 23 9.2 5.5-15.0 250 90.8 85.0-94.5
$25,000- 34,999 151 11 6.8 2.9-15.1 140 93.2 84.9-97.1
$35,000- 49,999 207 14 8.8 4.4-16.9 193 91.2 83.1-95.6
$50,000- 74,999 197 *** *** *** 191 97.3 93.1-99.0
$75,000+ 429 *** *** *** 421 98.0 95.7-99.1
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 689 100 16.8 13.2-21.2 589 83.2 78.8-86.8
No 1,182 16 1.4 0.7- 2.6 1,166 98.6 97.4-99.3
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 45 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Veteran 1,828 113 6.6 5.2- 8.4 1,715 93.4 91.6-94.8
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 469 20 5.2 3.2- 8.5 449 94.8 91.5-96.8
Regional City or Suburban County 515 32 7.7 5.0-11.9 483 92.3 88.1-95.0
Rural 891 64 7.1 5.1- 9.9 827 92.9 90.1-94.9
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 675 17 2.4 1.4- 4.2 658 97.6 95.8-98.6
Unemployed 84 *** *** *** 80 93.0 81.3-97.6
Retired 820 49 6.4 4.2- 9.6 771 93.6 90.4-95.8
Unable to Work 184 43 27.4 19.7-36.8 141 72.6 63.2-80.3
Other not in Labor Force 100 *** *** *** 97 95.3 85.7-98.5
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 44 *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 175 17 12.1 6.8-20.6 158 87.9 79.4-93.2
101% to 150% 192 15 8.2 4.5-14.5 177 91.8 85.5-95.5
151% to 200% 168 13 7.1 3.3-14.7 155 92.9 85.3-96.7
More than 200% 841 30 3.7 2.3- 6.0 811 96.3 94.0-97.7
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 568 40 7.0 4.7-10.3 528 93.0 89.7-95.3
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 621 38 6.0 3.9- 9.0 583 94.0 91.0-96.1
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 686 38 7.3 4.9-10.6 648 92.7 89.4-95.1
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 557 31 6.4 4.1- 9.8 526 93.6 90.2-95.9
2nd Quartile 494 26 6.9 4.2-11.0 468 93.1 89.0-95.8
3rd Quartile 519 34 6.4 4.4- 9.2 485 93.6 90.8-95.6
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 305 25 8.4 4.9-14.1 280 91.6 85.9-95.1

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

2Based on 2020 U.S Census Bureau poverty threshold incomes. 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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