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
-MALES 1,418 105 7.2 5.7- 8.9 1,313 92.8 91.1-94.3
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 951 65 6.6 4.9- 8.8 886 93.4 91.2-95.1
Non-Hispanic Black 264 19 7.3 4.5-11.8 245 92.7 88.2-95.5
Other 49 *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
45-54 377 20 5.7 3.4- 9.2 357 94.3 90.8-96.6
55-64 396 25 5.3 3.3- 8.5 371 94.7 91.5-96.7
65-74 384 31 8.9 5.8-13.4 353 91.1 86.6-94.2
75+ 228 28 11.8 7.8-17.5 200 88.2 82.5-92.2
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 145 17 11.0 6.2-18.6 128 89.0 81.4-93.8
H.S. or G.E.D. 355 31 8.4 5.6-12.5 324 91.6 87.5-94.4
Some Post-H.S. 395 29 6.4 4.3- 9.4 366 93.6 90.6-95.7
College Graduate 516 27 4.6 2.9- 7.3 489 95.4 92.7-97.1
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 71 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 184 22 12.0 7.0-19.6 162 88.0 80.4-93.0
$25,000- 34,999 114 11 10.6 5.4-19.7 103 89.4 80.3-94.6
$35,000- 49,999 144 12 7.4 3.9-13.6 132 92.6 86.4-96.1
$50,000- 74,999 211 13 5.5 2.9-10.2 198 94.5 89.8-97.1
$75,000+ 465 20 3.9 2.2- 6.8 445 96.1 93.2-97.8
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 505 90 17.4 13.8-21.9 415 82.6 78.1-86.2
No 905 15 1.4 0.8- 2.6 890 98.6 97.4-99.2
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 436 51 10.9 8.0-14.8 385 89.1 85.2-92.0
Non-Veteran 977 54 5.6 4.1- 7.7 923 94.4 92.3-95.9
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 393 25 6.1 3.8- 9.5 368 93.9 90.5-96.2
Regional City or Suburban County 367 26 6.9 4.4-10.7 341 93.1 89.3-95.6
Rural 658 54 8.1 5.9-11.0 604 91.9 89.0-94.1
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 699 17 2.0 1.1- 3.6 682 98.0 96.4-98.9
Unemployed 54 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 523 50 9.7 6.9-13.5 473 90.3 86.5-93.1
Unable to Work 134 35 24.1 16.6-33.7 99 75.9 66.3-83.4
Other not in Labor Force 2 *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 20 *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 99 *** *** *** 90 88.8 75.8-95.3
101% to 150% 142 15 9.3 5.2-16.1 127 90.7 83.9-94.8
151% to 200% 106 14 12.0 6.5-21.1 92 88.0 78.9-93.5
More than 200% 814 44 5.1 3.5- 7.1 770 94.9 92.9-96.5
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 433 36 8.2 5.7-11.6 397 91.8 88.4-94.3
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 451 26 4.7 3.0- 7.1 425 95.3 92.9-97.0
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 534 43 8.7 6.1-12.3 491 91.3 87.7-93.9
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 431 38 10.2 7.0-14.7 393 89.8 85.3-93.0
2nd Quartile 345 24 6.0 3.8- 9.4 321 94.0 90.6-96.2
3rd Quartile 404 27 5.3 3.5- 8.0 377 94.7 92.0-96.5
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 238 16 6.6 3.8-11.2 222 93.4 88.8-96.2

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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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