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Complete Indicator Profile of Adults Reporting Good, Very Good or Excellent Health

Definition

Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who reported good, very good or excellent general health

Numerator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older who rated their health as good, very good or excellent

Denominator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older responding to the BRFSS survey

Data Interpretation Issues

Since the estimates are based on a sample and not the entire population, the percentage of adults in the survey reporting good, very good or excellent health may differ from the true prevalence of that characteristic in the North Carolina population simply by chance. We report confidence intervals which take this error into account and present a range in which the true value is likely to fall.

For more information on how to interpret confidence intervals, please see: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/champ/technical.html

Why Is This Important?

"Self-reported health is often used as a measure of overall population health. In 2009, North Carolina ranked 41st among all states for this measure." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020

How Do We Compare With U.S.?

In 2009, North Carolina ranked 41st among all states for this measure.



Graphical Data Views

Percentage of Adults Aged 18 and Older Who Reported Good, Very Good or Excellent Health, North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2009-2010

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
North Carolina 2009 81.9% 80.7% 83.2%
North Carolina 2010 81.9% 80.9% 83.0%
HNC 2020 Target 2009 90.1%
HNC 2020 Target 2010 90.1%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.



Percentage of Adults Aged 18 and Older Who Reported Good, Very Good or Excellent Health, by Ethnicity, 2010

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Hispanic Ethnicity Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Hispanic 75.9% 69.0% 81.7%
Non-Hispanic 82.4% 81.4% 83.4%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 



Percentage of Adults Aged 18 and Older Who Reported Good, Very Good or Excellent Health, by Race, 2010

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Race Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
White 84.0% 82.9% 85.0%
African American 76.6% 73.6% 79.3%
Asian 95.3% 89.5% 98.0%
Native American 71.0% 61.1% 79.3%
Other 74.7% 67.0% 81.1%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

U.S. Data: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 



Percentage of Adults Aged 18 and Older Who Reported Good, Very Good or Excellent Health, by Sex, 2009-2010

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Males vs. Females Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Male 2009 82.9% 80.9% 85.0%
Male 2010 82.7% 81.1% 84.3%
Female 2009 81.0% 79.4% 82.6%
Female 2010 81.2% 79.9% 82.6%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

U.S. Data: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 



Percentage of Adults Aged 18 and Older Who Reported Good, Very Good or Excellent Health, by Age, 2010

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Age Group Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
18-24 92.2% 88.2% 96.1%
25-34 91.1% 88.8% 93.4%
35-44 85.7% 83.3% 88.2%
45-54 80.5% 78.3% 82.7%
55-64 75.4% 73.1% 77.8%
65-74 68.5% 66.4% 70.6%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

U.S. Data: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 



Percentage of Adults Aged 18 and Older Who Reported Good, Very Good or Excellent Health, by Education, 2010

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Education Level Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Less Than High School 58.3% 54.1% 62.5%
H.S. Grad or G.E.D. 78.6% 76.4% 80.8%
Some Post High School 84.2% 82.4% 86.1%
College Graduate 92.5% 91.4% 93.6%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

U.S. Data: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 



Percentage of Adults Aged 18 and Older Who Reported Good, Very Good or Excellent Health, for Select Counties, 2010

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Selected Counties Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Alamance 78.6% 72.1% 85.1%
Buncombe 83.6% 78.5% 88.7%
Cabarrus 86.7% 82.5% 91.0%
Catawba 82.3% 75.5% 89.0%
Cumberland 79.7% 74.5% 85.0%
Davidson 83.8% 79.0% 88.6%
Durham 90.1% 87.1% 93.1%
Forsyth 86.5% 81.6% 91.3%
Gaston 82.6% 76.3% 88.8%
Guilford 86.4% 83.3% 89.6%
Iredell 79.9% 74.0% 85.7%
Johnston 81.9% 75.9% 85.7%
Mecklenburg 83.8% 80.0% 87.6%
New Hanover 82.6% 77.1% 88.0%
Onslow 86.2% 81.9% 90.6%
Orange 89.1% 84.6% 93.6%
Pitt 83.4% 76.7% 90.0%
Randolph 80.2% 75.5% 84.9%
Robeson 69.1% 62.2% 75.9%
Rowan 79.5% 73.9% 85.1%
Union 82.8% 74.3% 91.3%
Wake 92.1% 89.7% 94.5%
Wayne 80.4% 75.2% 85.7%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 



Percentage of Adults Aged 18 and Older Who Reported Good, Very Good or Excellent Health, North Carolina vs. United States, 2000-2010

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North Carolina vs U.S. Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
North Carolina 2000 83.4% 82.0% 84.8%
North Carolina 2001 83.6% 82.2% 85.0%
North Carolina 2002 79.0% 77.5% 80.5%
North Carolina 2003 81.1% 79.9% 82.3%
North Carolina 2004 82.0% 81.2% 82.8%
North Carolina 2005 81.4% 80.7% 82.1%
North Carolina 2006 81.9% 81.1% 82.7%
North Carolina 2007 81.3% 80.3% 82.3%
North Carolina 2008 82.5% 81.7% 83.4%
North Carolina 2009 81.9% 80.7% 83.2%
North Carolina 2010 81.9% 80.9% 83.0%
United States 2000 86.1%
United States 2001 86.0%
United States 2002 85.3%
United States 2003 85.3%
United States 2004 85.2%
United States 2005 85.2%
United States 2006 85.3%
United States 2007 85.1%
United States 2008 85.6%
United States 2009 85.5%
United States 2010 85.3%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone.  Note that the U.S. figures represent the median value for the states and do not included confidence intervals.

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 

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