Health and Nutrition of Ambler, AK Residents

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Forty six percent of Ambler residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 18 times per month. This includes chocolate and other flavored milks, as well as hot cocoa made with milk, and does not count small amounts of milk added to coffee or tea. People living here eat an average of four meals (breakfasts, lunches or dinners) per week that were prepared away from home in places such as restaurants, fast food places, food stands, grocery stores or from vending machines. They get two of these meals from a fast-food or pizza place. People here eat two "ready to eat" foods such as salads, soups, chicken, sandwiches and cooked vegetables per month. They also eat three frozen meals or frozen pizzas on average monthly.

Summary

Diet health (%)

  • Ambler 45.9%
  • County 45.5%
  • State 49.9%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Here 17.8
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 17.4
  • Alaska 19.7

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Ambler 3.7
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 3.7
  • Alaska 3.9

Meals from fast food or pizza place (#/week)

  • Ambler 1.8
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 1.8
  • State 1.8

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Here 2.0
  • County 2.2
  • Alaska 2.0

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Ambler 3.4
  • County 3.8
  • State 3.6

The average Ambler resident last visited a dentist two years ago (including all types of dentists, such as, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and all other dental specialists, as well as dental hygienists). Twenty two percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Twenty percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Ambler residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 42 percent. People living here aged 30 years and older, aside from brushing their teeth with toothbrush, use dental floss or any other device that clean between teeth on average two days per week. They also use mouthwash or other dental rinse products to treat dental disease or dental problems an average of three days per week. The average person living here (including children) has 23 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Here 2.1
  • County 2.0
  • Alaska 1.8

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Here 22.2%
  • County 21.8%
  • Alaska 15.9%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Ambler 20.0%
  • County 20.1%
  • State 20.8%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Here 42.4%
  • County 43.6%
  • State 48.3%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Here 2.4
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 2.5
  • State 3.0

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Ambler 3.5
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 3.2
  • State 2.8

Average number of teeth

  • Ambler 22.6
  • County 23.9
  • Alaska 24.4

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

The average height of Ambler residents 16 years and older is 67 inches. The average weight is 172 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 29. Thirty nine percent of people living here are obese. Fifty one percent have ever been obese. Thirty two percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Ambler 66.5
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 66.7
  • Alaska 67.1

Average weight (pounds)

  • Here 172.4
  • County 177.2
  • Alaska 180.9

Average BMI

  • Here 28.9
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 29.2
  • State 28.7

People that are obese (%)

  • Ambler 38.6%
  • County 39.9%
  • Alaska 36.8%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Here 50.5%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 52.1%
  • State 48.3%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Here 32.4%
  • County 35.0%
  • State 37.9%

Seventy one percent of Ambler residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Thirty one percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Twenty nine percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. One percent have ever used heroin. Twenty two percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Here 70.7%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 70.1%
  • Alaska 64.1%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Here 31.0%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 31.8%
  • State 25.2%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Ambler 28.7%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 29.8%
  • State 23.5%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Ambler 1.1%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 1.2%
  • State 2.5%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Here 22.4%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 22.9%
  • Alaska 14.5%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Thirteen percent of people living in Ambler have ever been told by a doctor or health professional that they have diabetes. Forty six percent of people had a blood test for high sugar or diabetes within the past three years. One percent of city residents are currently taking insulin.

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Here 12.7%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 10.9%
  • Alaska 8.5%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Here 45.9%
  • County 44.6%
  • Alaska 45.1%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Ambler 1.4%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 1.4%
  • State 2.5%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ambler residents 20 years and older on average get up to urinate one time at night (from time they go to bed at night until the time they get up in the morning).

Summary

Avg. # of times urinating at night

  • Here 1.1
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 1.1
  • Alaska 1.0

Eleven percent of Ambler residents above the age of 40 have problems with their ability to smell, such as not being able to smell things or things not smelling the way they are supposed to. Three percent have been having problems with their ability to taste sweet, sour, salty or bitter foods and drinks. Sixty percent of people above the age of 40 have ever had wisdom teeth removed. Eighteen percent have ever had their tonsils removed. Fourteen percent have lost consciousness because of a head injury. Eighteen percent have ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull. Thirty four percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Ambler 10.6%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 10.6%
  • Alaska 11.1%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Ambler 3.3%
  • County 3.3%
  • State 4.3%

People 40+ that ever had wisdom teeth removed (%)

  • Here 59.5%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 56.9%
  • Alaska 65.4%

People 40+ that ever had tonsils teeth removed (%)

  • Ambler 18.4%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 17.1%
  • Alaska 26.2%

People 40+ that ever had a loss of consciousness because of a head injury (%)

  • Ambler 14.3%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 13.2%
  • State 17.0%

People 40+ that ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull (%)

  • Here 17.8%
  • County 17.7%
  • Alaska 22.3%

People 40+ that ever had two or more sinus infections (%)

  • Here 33.9%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 36.6%
  • State 42.6%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Seventy percent of people living in Ambler are covered by health insurance or some other kind of health care plan.

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Here 70.2%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 69.2%
  • State 73.6%

Sixteen percent of people living in Ambler have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Twenty percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Thirty two percent of people in Ambler frequently check their blood cholesterol. Seventeen percent of people have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that their blood cholesterol level was high.

Summary

Has high blood pressure (%)

  • Ambler 16.0%
  • County 13.1%
  • Alaska 16.7%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Here 20.1%
  • County 19.6%
  • Alaska 21.3%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 32.5%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 32.2%
  • Alaska 38.1%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Ambler 16.8%
  • County 15.1%
  • State 15.1%

Twenty five percent of people living in Ambler use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Ambler 24.5%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 27.0%
  • Alaska 38.8%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Thirty six percent of Ambler residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Forty percent often feel down, depressed, or hopeless. Fifty percent of people living here have trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleep too much. Sixty two percent of people often feel tired or have little energy. Forty percent are bothered by poor appetite or overeating. Twenty seven percent often feel badly about themselves, that they are a failure or have let themselves or their families down. Twenty nine percent have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV. Thirty percent of people living here move or speak so slowly that other people could have noticed, or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that they have been moving around a lot more than usual. Seven percent have thoughts that they would be better off dead or of hurting themselves in some way.

Summary

People who have little interest in doing things (%)

  • Ambler 35.8%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 32.6%
  • Alaska 26.3%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Ambler 39.7%
  • County 35.8%
  • Alaska 27.3%

People who have trouble sleeping or sleeping too much (%)

  • Here 50.1%
  • County 46.1%
  • State 43.0%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 62.3%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 60.2%
  • State 53.2%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Ambler 39.8%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 38.1%
  • Alaska 27.8%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Here 27.1%
  • County 25.1%
  • Alaska 21.6%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Ambler 28.7%
  • County 25.8%
  • State 20.5%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Ambler 30.1%
  • County 26.8%
  • State 14.6%

People having thoughts they would be better off dead (%)

  • Here 7.1%
  • County 5.4%
  • Alaska 4.2%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ambler residents on average take two prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Ambler 1.5
  • County 1.4
  • Alaska 1.7

Eighty four percent of people living in Ambler have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Eleven percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 4.0 days per month on average. They have 7.4 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 26 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Ambler 83.6%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 84.4%
  • Alaska 82.2%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Here 11.2%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 10.3%
  • Alaska 10.0%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Here 4.0
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 4.3
  • State 5.1

Average drinks/week

  • Here 7.4
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 7.9
  • State 6.1

Average days/year people drink much

  • Here 26.1
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 27.4
  • Alaska 24.4

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ninety nine percent of Ambler residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Ninety seven percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Seventy nine percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Thirty nine percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Four percent of males in Ambler have ever had any kind of sex with a man, including oral or anal. Ninety nine percent of females have ever had vaginal sex with a man. Eighty eight percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Thirty three percent have ever had anal sex. Twenty percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Ambler were 16 years old on average when they had sex for the first time. The average man in his lifetime had any kind of sex with 28 women. He has vaginal sex with 22 women. People living here were on average 20 years old when they first performed oral sex on a woman. In their lifetime they performed oral sex on average on five women. Males in their lifetime have anal or oral sex with 2.4 men on average. They have had 1.5 anal sex partners in their lifetime. People in Ambler were 18 years old on average when they first performed oral sex on a man. They performed oral sex on average on four men in their lifetime. Seventeen percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Ambler has vaginal or anal sex 75 times a year. Forty percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Ambler 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with nine men on average. They have had eight male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.5 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Seventy five percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

People 18+ that ever had sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) (%)

  • Here 98.8%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 98.8%
  • Alaska 97.2%

Males 18+ that ever had vaginal sex with a woman (%)

  • Ambler 96.8%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 96.5%
  • State 94.5%

Males 18+ that ever performed oral sex on a woman (%)

  • Ambler 79.1%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 83.1%
  • Alaska 86.9%

Males 18+ that ever had anal sex with a woman (%)

  • Ambler 39.0%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 46.9%
  • Alaska 48.0%

Males 18+ that ever had any sex with a man (%)

  • Ambler 3.9%
  • County 3.9%
  • Alaska 6.1%

Females 18+ that ever had vaginal sex with a man (%)

  • Ambler 99.0%
  • County 98.7%
  • State 97.1%

Females 18+ that ever performed oral sex on a man (%)

  • Here 88.3%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 90.7%
  • Alaska 88.3%

Females 18+ that ever had anal sex with a man (%)

  • Ambler 33.0%
  • County 35.4%
  • State 39.4%

Females 18+ that ever had any kind of sex with a woman (%)

  • Here 19.8%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 18.3%
  • State 12.0%

Average age people first had sex

  • Ambler 16.1
  • County 16.1
  • State 16.9

Average number of female sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Ambler 28.3
  • County 30.7
  • State 26.3

Average number of female vaginal sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Ambler 21.9
  • County 23.9
  • Alaska 21.6

Average age people first performed oral sex on a woman (18+)

  • Here 19.9
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 20.6
  • Alaska 21.3

Average number of woman performed oral sex on in lifetime (18+)

  • Here 5.2
  • County 6.1
  • State 5.7

Average number of male sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Ambler 2.4
  • County 0.6
  • Alaska 1.8

Average number of male anal sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Here 1.5
  • County 0.3
  • Alaska 1.0

Average age people first performed oral sex on a man (18+)

  • Ambler 17.8
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 18.6
  • Alaska 18.8

Average number of male oral sex partners in lifetime (18+)

  • Ambler 3.8
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 1.7
  • Alaska 3.7

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Ambler 16.6%
  • County 15.5%
  • State 8.7%

Average number of times people have vaginal or anal sex a year

  • Ambler 75.1
  • County 71.3
  • Alaska 64.3

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Here 40.1%
  • County 43.8%
  • Alaska 55.7%

Average number of male sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Here 9.1
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 9.0
  • Alaska 9.8

Average number of male vaginal sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Here 7.6
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 7.7
  • State 9.0

Average number of female sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Ambler 0.5
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 0.4
  • State 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Ambler 74.6%
  • County 76.3%
  • State 81.4%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Twelve percent of households in Ambler use chemical products in their homes to control fleas, roaches, ants, termites or other insects. Seven percent use chemical products in their lawns or gardens to kill weeds.

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • Here 11.8%
  • County 11.0%
  • State 9.6%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Here 7.2%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 6.0%
  • State 4.5%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ambler residents 16 years and older usually get seven hours of sleep at night on weekdays or workdays. Thirty percent of them have trouble sleeping.

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Ambler 6.7
  • County 6.6
  • State 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Ambler 29.7%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 29.0%
  • State 30.9%

Fifty seven percent of Ambler residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Here 57.4%
  • County 56.5%
  • State 51.0%

Twenty one percent of Ambler residents' work involve vigorous-intensity activity that causes large increases in breathing or heart rate, like carrying or lifting heavy loads, digging or construction work for at least 10 minutes continuously. Thirty four percent of people do moderate-intensity activities at work that cause small increases in breathing or heart rate such as brisk walking or carrying light loads for at least 10 minutes continuously. Thirty eight percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Twenty two percent do any vigorous-intensity sports, fitness or recreational activities that cause large increases in breathing or heart rate like running or basketball for at least 10 minutes continuously. Forty three percent do any moderate-intensity sports, fitness or recreational activities that cause a small increase in breathing or heart rate such as brisk walking, bicycling, swimming or golf for at least 10 minutes continuously. People living here spend six hours sitting on a typical day (this includes sitting at work, at home, getting to and from places, or with friends, including time spent sitting at a desk, traveling in a car or bus, reading, playing cards, watching television or using a computer). They usually sit and watch TV or videos for about three hours per day. They use a computer or play computer games (including Playstation, Nintendo DS, or other portable video games) outside of work or school for 1.5 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 20.7%
  • County 20.8%
  • State 22.6%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Ambler 34.3%
  • County 35.4%
  • Alaska 40.0%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Ambler 37.8%
  • County 38.0%
  • Alaska 32.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Ambler 21.6%
  • County 23.2%
  • State 24.6%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Ambler 42.9%
  • County 47.4%
  • Alaska 48.0%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Here 5.5
  • County 5.5
  • Alaska 6.1

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Ambler 2.6
  • County 2.5
  • Alaska 2.5

Average hours a day using computer

  • Here 1.5
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 1.5
  • Alaska 1.4

Eleven percent of Ambler residents have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they had asthma. Four percent of people living here has anemia, sometimes called "tired blood" or "low blood". Three percent of people 16 years and older have ever been told by a doctor or other health care professional that they had psoriasis. Thirty seven percent are overweight. Nineteen percent of people 60 years and older have difficulties in thinking or remembering that can make a big difference in everyday activities (this does not refer to occasionally forgetting your keys or the name of someone you recently met). This refers to things like confusion or memory loss that are happening more often or getting worse. Eleven percent of people living in Ambler have ever received a blood transfusion. Thirty percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Twenty percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Two percent have ever been told they had gout. Two percent have congestive heart failure. Four percent have coronary heart disease. One percent have angina, also called angina pectoris. Five percent have ever had a heart attack, also called myocardial infarction. Three percent have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had a stroke. One percent have ever had emphysema. Six percent have another thyroid problem. Two percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. One percent of people had any kind of liver condition. Four percent have ever had cancer or a malignancy of any kind.

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Ambler 10.7%
  • County 9.5%
  • State 9.5%

People with anemia (%)

  • Here 4.0%
  • County 3.2%
  • Alaska 2.7%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Ambler 2.5%
  • County 2.2%
  • Alaska 3.7%

People with overweight (%)

  • Ambler 37.1%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 34.8%
  • State 33.9%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Here 18.8%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 17.8%
  • State 15.9%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Ambler 10.6%
  • County 8.4%
  • State 8.6%

People having trouble seeing even with glass/contacts (%)

  • Here 30.2%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 27.2%
  • State 18.2%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Ambler 19.7%
  • County 18.4%
  • Alaska 20.8%

People with gout (%)

  • Here 1.5%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 1.6%
  • State 3.1%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Ambler 2.4%
  • County 1.9%
  • Alaska 2.0%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Ambler 4.0%
  • County 3.3%
  • Alaska 2.4%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Here 0.7%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 0.7%
  • State 1.4%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Here 4.6%
  • County 3.6%
  • State 2.7%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Here 3.1%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 2.5%
  • State 2.4%

People with emphysema (%)

  • Here 0.9%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 1.1%
  • State 1.7%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Here 5.6%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 5.3%
  • State 6.5%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Here 2.0%
  • County 1.8%
  • State 2.8%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Here 1.5%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 2.3%
  • State 2.2%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Ambler 3.6%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 3.5%
  • Alaska 6.5%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Seventy four percent of births in Ambler were vaginal deliveries. Twenty six percent of deliveries were cesarean. 100.0 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Fifty five percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Fifty eight percent of women breastfeed their children. Ten percent of women in Ambler have ever had a hysterectomy, including a partial hysterectomy (that is, surgery to remove their uterus or womb). Six percent had both of their ovaries removed (either when they had their uterus removed or at another time). Fifty eight percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Twenty five percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Six percent have ever used female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, including any forms of female hormones, such as pills, cream, patch and injections, but do not include birth control methods or use for infertility.

Summary

Vaginal deliveries (%)

  • Ambler 74.4%
  • County 70.3%
  • Alaska 62.4%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Here 25.6%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 29.7%
  • State 37.6%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Here 100.0%
  • County 99.8%
  • Alaska 99.4%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Here 54.8%
  • County 53.0%
  • State 56.8%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Ambler 58.2%
  • County 62.1%
  • State 62.8%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Here 9.9%
  • County 9.3%
  • Alaska 16.6%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Ambler 5.7%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 5.2%
  • State 8.8%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Ambler 58.5%
  • County 65.0%
  • Alaska 77.2%

Women that have ever used Depo-Provera or injectables (%)

  • Here 24.5%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 25.6%
  • State 19.1%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Here 6.3%
  • County 8.1%
  • Alaska 14.6%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People living in Ambler report their general health condition on average at 52 percent. Three percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 36 percent of Ambler residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Six percent of people living in Ambler are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Ambler 52.5%
  • County 53.7%
  • Alaska 57.7%

Blood donors (%)

  • Ambler 2.6%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 4.4%
  • Alaska 5.5%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Here 35.8%
  • County 37.9%
  • Alaska 41.2%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Here 5.5%
  • County 5.6%
  • Alaska 8.4%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People in Ambler spend $377 per month on average on food for their families at supermarkets or grocery stores. This is 25 percent of their income. The average family in Ambler spends $97 on food at other stores monthly. This is five percent of their income. They spend $104 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is seven percent of their income. They also spend $72 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is one percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Ambler $377
  • County $383
  • Alaska $369

Income spent on food at supermarket/grocery store (%)

  • Ambler 25.0%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 23.0%
  • State 22.1%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Ambler $97
  • County $99
  • Alaska $84

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Ambler 5.3%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 4.9%
  • Alaska 4.6%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Here $104
  • County $118
  • Alaska $152

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Here 7.0%
  • County 7.2%
  • State 7.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Ambler $72
  • County $54
  • State $36

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Ambler 1.2%
  • County 1.3%
  • Alaska 1.4%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People living in Ambler report their general condition of hearing on average at 79 percent. Eighty three percent of them can usually hear and understand, without the use of a hearing aid or any other listening devices, what a person says without seeing his or her face if that person whispers to them from across a quiet room. Ninety five percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Twenty seven percent of Ambler population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Fifty three percent of people living here have ever had a job where they were exposed to loud sounds or noise. Loud means so loud that they must speak in a raised voice to be heard. Sixteen percent of people in Ambler had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Here 79.5%
  • County 80.4%
  • Alaska 80.9%

People that can hear a whisper from across a quiet room (%)

  • Here 83.0%
  • County 83.7%
  • Alaska 81.0%

People that can hear normal voice from across a quiet room (%)

  • Ambler 94.7%
  • County 95.6%
  • State 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Here 27.2%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 23.2%
  • Alaska 19.4%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 52.8%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 51.5%
  • State 43.9%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Ambler 16.0%
  • County 15.5%
  • Alaska 16.2%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Thirty three percent of Ambler residents 40 and older take a low-dose aspirin each day to prevent heart attacks, strokes or cancer.

Summary

Adults 40+ taking low-dose aspirin (%)

  • Here 32.9%
  • County 27.4%
  • State 22.5%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Nineteen percent of Ambler residents 20 or older have limitations caused by a long-term physical, mental or emotional problems or illnesses keeping them from working at a job or business. Twenty four percent are limited in the kind or amount of work they can do because of physical, mental or emotional problems. Seven percent have difficulty walking without using any special equipment. Fourteen percent are limited in any way because of difficulty remembering or because they experience periods of confusion. Five percent of people here have health problems that require them to use special equipment, such as a cane, wheelchair, special bed or special telephone.

Summary

People having limitations keeping them from working (%)

  • Ambler 19.2%
  • County 16.6%
  • State 15.0%

People limited in amount of work they can do (%)

  • Ambler 24.4%
  • County 20.9%
  • Alaska 20.4%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Here 6.6%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 5.7%
  • Alaska 6.4%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Ambler 13.5%
  • County 11.9%
  • State 8.1%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Ambler 4.9%
  • Northwest Arctic Borough 3.9%
  • State 4.9%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

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