2020 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Oral Health

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  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
North Carolina 4,632 1,681 34.9 33.2-36.7 2,951 65.1 63.3-66.8
-Non-Hispanic White 2,925 1,294 41.9 39.7-44.0 1,631 58.1 56.0-60.3
GENDER
Male 1,283 515 37.5 34.4-40.7 768 62.5 59.3-65.6
Female 1,642 779 45.6 42.7-48.6 863 54.4 51.4-57.3
AGE
18-34 423 97 23.6 19.3-28.4 326 76.4 71.6-80.7
35-44 326 136 45.1 38.9-51.6 190 54.9 48.4-61.1
45-54 462 212 44.1 38.9-49.5 250 55.9 50.5-61.1
55-64 591 288 46.9 42.0-51.8 303 53.1 48.2-58.0
65-74 630 325 51.7 46.8-56.5 305 48.3 43.5-53.2
75+ 447 206 43.0 37.0-49.1 241 57.0 50.9-63.0
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 176 21 15.2 9.4-23.7 155 84.8 76.3-90.6
H.S. or G.E.D. 710 194 28.1 24.2-32.4 516 71.9 67.6-75.8
Some Post-H.S. 849 360 42.5 38.6-46.4 489 57.5 53.6-61.4
College Graduate 1,186 717 60.9 57.7-64.1 469 39.1 35.9-42.3
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 159 18 13.2 7.7-21.8 141 86.8 78.2-92.3
$15,000- 24,999 320 84 26.2 20.0-33.5 236 73.8 66.5-80.0
$25,000- 34,999 222 65 24.9 18.7-32.3 157 75.1 67.7-81.3
$35,000- 49,999 329 128 36.6 30.6-43.0 201 63.4 57.0-69.4
$50,000- 74,999 415 196 43.0 37.3-48.8 219 57.0 51.2-62.7
$75,000+ 950 573 59.4 55.7-63.0 377 40.6 37.0-44.3
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 932 315 31.3 27.7-35.2 617 68.7 64.8-72.3
No 1,984 975 46.6 44.0-49.3 1,009 53.4 50.7-56.0
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 363 154 39.5 33.6-45.7 209 60.5 54.3-66.4
Non-Veteran 2,558 1,139 42.2 39.9-44.5 1,419 57.8 55.5-60.1
RURAL-URBAN CATEGORY1
Urban 741 396 50.5 46.2-54.7 345 49.5 45.3-53.8
Regional City or Suburban County 836 365 41.1 37.2-45.1 471 58.9 54.9-62.8
Rural 1,348 533 36.9 33.7-40.2 815 63.1 59.8-66.3
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,471 672 44.1 41.2-47.1 799 55.9 52.9-58.8
Unemployed 137 37 25.1 17.5-34.6 100 74.9 65.4-82.5
Retired 947 477 48.9 44.8-53.1 470 51.1 46.9-55.2
Unable to Work 198 45 23.0 16.3-31.4 153 77.0 68.6-83.7
Other not in Labor Force 164 58 31.7 24.2-40.4 106 68.3 59.6-75.8
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 53 *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 184 23 15.6 9.6-24.2 161 84.4 75.8-90.4
101% to 150% 257 60 22.0 16.1-29.5 197 78.0 70.5-83.9
151% to 200% 255 82 31.6 24.7-39.4 173 68.4 60.6-75.3
More than 200% 1,636 890 52.4 49.5-55.3 746 47.6 44.7-50.5
HOUSING
Own 2,261 1,143 48.1 45.6-50.6 1,118 51.9 49.4-54.4
Rent 483 111 19.3 15.6-23.6 372 80.7 76.4-84.4
Other arrangement 164 30 16.3 10.4-24.5 134 83.7 75.5-89.6
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 739 278 34.0 30.0-38.3 461 66.0 61.7-70.0
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 1,001 416 39.6 36.0-43.4 585 60.4 56.6-64.0
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,185 600 47.6 44.3-51.0 585 52.4 49.0-55.7
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 1,016 503 46.0 42.3-49.6 513 54.0 50.4-57.7
2nd Quartile 779 330 41.9 37.8-46.1 449 58.1 53.9-62.2
3rd Quartile 794 333 38.6 34.7-42.8 461 61.4 57.2-65.3
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 336 128 35.6 29.3-42.5 208 64.4 57.5-70.7

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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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