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
-Non-Hispanic White 2,245 147 7.1 5.8- 8.7 2,098 92.9 91.3-94.2
GENDER
Male 951 65 6.6 4.9- 8.8 886 93.4 91.2-95.1
Female 1,294 82 7.6 5.7- 9.9 1,212 92.4 90.1-94.3
AGE
45-54 481 25 4.5 2.9- 6.9 456 95.5 93.1-97.1
55-64 602 32 6.7 4.5-10.0 570 93.3 90.0-95.5
65-74 650 47 8.0 5.6-11.2 603 92.0 88.8-94.4
75+ 462 40 10.4 6.7-15.6 422 89.6 84.4-93.3
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 149 18 13.8 8.1-22.7 131 86.2 77.3-91.9
H.S. or G.E.D. 541 40 8.0 5.4-11.6 501 92.0 88.4-94.6
Some Post-H.S. 649 50 6.9 5.0- 9.5 599 93.1 90.5-95.0
College Graduate 903 38 4.2 2.8- 6.1 865 95.8 93.9-97.2
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 124 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 256 30 12.0 7.5-18.5 226 88.0 81.5-92.5
$25,000- 34,999 168 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 240 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$50,000- 74,999 313 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$75,000+ 699 23 3.3 2.0- 5.4 676 96.7 94.6-98.0
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 806 126 17.3 14.1-21.2 680 82.7 78.8-85.9
No 1,431 21 1.4 0.8- 2.4 1,410 98.6 97.6-99.2
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 326 35 10.9 7.3-15.9 291 89.1 84.1-92.7
Non-Veteran 1,915 112 6.5 5.1- 8.2 1,803 93.5 91.8-94.9
RURAL-URBAN CATEGORY1
Urban 528 26 5.7 3.6- 8.8 502 94.3 91.2-96.4
Regional City or Suburban County 625 36 6.9 4.5-10.3 589 93.1 89.7-95.5
Rural 1,092 85 8.1 6.2-10.6 1,007 91.9 89.4-93.8
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 939 20 2.1 1.2- 3.5 919 97.9 96.5-98.8
Unemployed 78 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 973 74 8.6 6.3-11.6 899 91.4 88.4-93.7
Unable to Work 178 48 27.7 20.1-36.7 130 72.3 63.3-79.9
Other not in Labor Force 70 *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 26 *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 139 *** *** *** *** *** ***
101% to 150% 183 18 8.6 5.0-14.4 165 91.4 85.6-95.0
151% to 200% 185 22 11.7 7.0-18.8 163 88.3 81.2-93.0
More than 200% 1,258 52 4.4 3.2- 6.2 1,206 95.6 93.8-96.8
HOUSING
Own 1,922 118 7.0 5.6- 8.7 1,804 93.0 91.3-94.4
Rent 239 24 10.1 6.4-15.7 215 89.9 84.3-93.6
Other arrangement 69 *** *** *** *** *** ***
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 582 41 6.8 4.7- 9.7 541 93.2 90.3-95.3
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 789 49 5.8 4.1- 8.2 740 94.2 91.8-95.9
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 874 57 8.5 6.2-11.6 817 91.5 88.4-93.8
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 771 56 8.9 6.5-12.2 715 91.1 87.8-93.5
2nd Quartile 597 32 6.1 3.9- 9.5 565 93.9 90.5-96.1
3rd Quartile 603 40 5.9 4.2- 8.2 563 94.1 91.8-95.8
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 274 19 7.9 4.5-13.4 255 92.1 86.6-95.5

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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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