Health and Nutrition of Birch Creek, AK Residents

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Forty six percent of Birch Creek residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 13 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 five 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 four frozen meals or frozen pizzas on average monthly.

Summary

Diet health (%)

  • Here 45.7%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 46.6%
  • State 49.9%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Here 13.1
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 17.7
  • State 19.7

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Here 4.8
  • County 3.6
  • State 3.9

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

  • Here 1.9
  • County 1.7
  • State 1.8

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Here 1.8
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 2.1
  • Alaska 2.0

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Birch Creek 3.8
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 3.6
  • Alaska 3.6

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

The average Birch Creek 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 eight percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Nineteen percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Birch Creek residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 43 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 three days per week. They also use mouthwash or other dental rinse products to treat dental disease or dental problems an average of four days per week. The average person living here (including children) has 24 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Here 1.7
  • County 2.1
  • State 1.8

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Here 28.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 21.9%
  • State 15.9%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Birch Creek 18.9%
  • County 19.8%
  • State 20.8%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Birch Creek 42.6%
  • County 43.4%
  • Alaska 48.3%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Birch Creek 2.7
  • County 2.5
  • State 3.0

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Here 3.5
  • County 3.0
  • State 2.8

Average number of teeth

  • Here 24.0
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 22.6
  • State 24.4

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

The average height of Birch Creek residents 16 years and older is 66 inches. The average weight is 165 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 28. Thirty percent of people living here are obese. Forty four percent have ever been obese. Thirty one percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Birch Creek 65.6
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 66.7
  • Alaska 67.1

Average weight (pounds)

  • Birch Creek 165.1
  • County 179.0
  • Alaska 180.9

Average BMI

  • Here 28.1
  • County 29.4
  • State 28.7

People that are obese (%)

  • Here 30.3%
  • County 39.6%
  • Alaska 36.8%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Birch Creek 43.9%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 53.2%
  • Alaska 48.3%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Here 31.1%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 35.5%
  • Alaska 37.9%

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

Sixty eight percent of Birch Creek residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Thirty two percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Thirty one percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. Thirty percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Birch Creek 67.6%
  • County 69.0%
  • State 64.1%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Here 32.2%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 29.9%
  • State 25.2%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Here 31.0%
  • County 28.4%
  • State 23.5%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Birch Creek 30.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 20.4%
  • Alaska 14.5%

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

Ten percent of people living in Birch Creek have ever been told by a doctor or health professional that they have diabetes. Fifty percent of people had a blood test for high sugar or diabetes within the past three years.

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Birch Creek 9.9%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 12.7%
  • State 8.5%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Birch Creek 49.6%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 45.7%
  • State 45.1%

Birch Creek 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 1.4
  • County 1.2
  • State 1.0

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

Fifteen percent of Birch Creek 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. Fifty percent of people above the age of 40 have ever had wisdom teeth removed. Thirteen percent have ever had their tonsils removed. Eleven percent have lost consciousness because of a head injury. Ten percent have ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull. Thirty seven percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 15.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 11.4%
  • Alaska 11.1%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Birch Creek 3.2%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 4.2%
  • Alaska 4.3%

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

  • Here 49.7%
  • County 60.6%
  • State 65.4%

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

  • Birch Creek 12.8%
  • County 20.1%
  • Alaska 26.2%

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

  • Birch Creek 11.5%
  • County 15.1%
  • Alaska 17.0%

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

  • Birch Creek 9.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 19.1%
  • Alaska 22.3%

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

  • Here 36.5%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 38.8%
  • State 42.6%

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

Sixty nine percent of people living in Birch Creek are covered by health insurance or some other kind of health care plan.

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Birch Creek 69.3%
  • County 69.3%
  • State 73.6%

Eight percent of people living in Birch Creek have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Seventeen percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Twenty four percent of people in Birch Creek frequently check their blood cholesterol. Fifteen 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 (%)

  • Here 8.0%
  • County 17.4%
  • State 16.7%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Here 17.4%
  • County 22.8%
  • State 21.3%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 24.4%
  • County 36.3%
  • Alaska 38.1%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Birch Creek 15.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 19.9%
  • Alaska 15.1%

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

Eighteen percent of people living in Birch Creek use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Birch Creek 18.4%
  • County 29.0%
  • State 38.8%

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

Forty six percent of Birch Creek residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Forty seven percent often feel down, depressed, or hopeless. Fifty three percent of people living here have trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleep too much. Seventy eight percent of people often feel tired or have little energy. Fifty eight percent are bothered by poor appetite or overeating. Thirty two percent often feel badly about themselves, that they are a failure or have let themselves or their families down. Thirty eight percent have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV.

Summary

People who have little interest in doing things (%)

  • Birch Creek 45.7%
  • County 31.3%
  • Alaska 26.3%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Here 47.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 34.1%
  • Alaska 27.3%

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

  • Birch Creek 52.5%
  • County 46.6%
  • Alaska 43.0%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 77.8%
  • County 58.0%
  • State 53.2%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Here 58.3%
  • County 35.6%
  • Alaska 27.8%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Birch Creek 31.6%
  • County 24.4%
  • Alaska 21.6%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Birch Creek 38.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 25.4%
  • Alaska 20.5%

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

Birch Creek residents on average take one prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Birch Creek 1.0
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 1.8
  • State 1.7

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

Ninety four percent of people living in Birch Creek have at least one alcoholic drink per month. People living here drink alcohol 3.6 days per month on average. They have 6.6 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 (%)

  • Here 94.3%
  • County 82.0%
  • State 82.2%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Here 3.6
  • County 4.2
  • State 5.1

Average drinks/week

  • Birch Creek 6.6
  • County 7.5
  • State 6.1

Average days/year people drink much

  • Birch Creek 25.6
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 27.3
  • Alaska 24.4

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

Ninety nine percent of Birch Creek residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Ninety six percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Seventy five percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Twenty one percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Hundred percent of females have ever had vaginal sex with a man. Hundred percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Thirty three percent have ever had anal sex. Twenty five percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Birch Creek were 15 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 14 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 three women. People in Birch Creek were 18 years old on average when they first performed oral sex on a man. The average person in Birch Creek has vaginal or anal sex 64 times a year. Twenty seven percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Birch Creek 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with 10 men on average. They have had 10 male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.7 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Fifty four percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

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

  • Here 98.9%
  • County 98.9%
  • Alaska 97.2%

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

  • Here 96.5%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 96.6%
  • State 94.5%

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

  • Birch Creek 75.5%
  • County 83.9%
  • Alaska 86.9%

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

  • Birch Creek 20.9%
  • County 46.0%
  • Alaska 48.0%

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

  • Birch Creek 100.0%
  • County 98.7%
  • State 97.1%

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

  • Birch Creek 100.0%
  • County 88.5%
  • Alaska 88.3%

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

  • Here 32.5%
  • County 35.4%
  • Alaska 39.4%

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

  • Birch Creek 25.0%
  • County 14.9%
  • State 12.0%

Average age people first had sex

  • Birch Creek 15.5
  • County 16.1
  • Alaska 16.9

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

  • Birch Creek 28.1
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 34.1
  • Alaska 26.3

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

  • Birch Creek 13.6
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 26.0
  • State 21.6

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

  • Birch Creek 20.2
  • County 20.7
  • Alaska 21.3

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

  • Birch Creek 3.3
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 6.2
  • State 5.7

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

  • Here 18.2
  • County 19.8
  • State 18.8

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

  • Here 64.3
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 65.0
  • Alaska 64.3

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Here 27.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 44.4%
  • State 55.7%

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

  • Here 10.3
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 9.2
  • State 9.8

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

  • Here 9.9
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 8.1
  • Alaska 9.0

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

  • Birch Creek 0.7
  • County 0.4
  • Alaska 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Here 54.3%
  • County 74.4%
  • Alaska 81.4%

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

Four percent of households in Birch Creek use chemical products in their homes to control fleas, roaches, ants, termites or other insects. Eleven percent use chemical products in their lawns or gardens to kill weeds.

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • Here 4.5%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 11.4%
  • State 9.6%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Here 11.2%
  • County 5.4%
  • State 4.5%

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

Birch Creek residents 16 years and older usually get six hours of sleep at night on weekdays or workdays. Twenty eight percent of them have trouble sleeping.

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Birch Creek 6.3
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 6.7
  • Alaska 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Birch Creek 28.4%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 31.4%
  • Alaska 30.9%

Fifty one percent of Birch Creek residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Here 51.4%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 55.4%
  • State 51.0%

Sixteen percent of Birch Creek 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. Twenty nine 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. Fifty six percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Fourteen 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 two 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 five 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 two 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 1.4 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Birch Creek 16.2%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 21.0%
  • Alaska 22.6%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 29.1%
  • County 36.8%
  • Alaska 40.0%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Birch Creek 55.6%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 35.6%
  • Alaska 32.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Birch Creek 13.7%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 21.0%
  • Alaska 24.6%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Birch Creek 41.8%
  • County 43.0%
  • State 48.0%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Here 5.3
  • County 5.6
  • State 6.1

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Here 2.1
  • County 2.6
  • State 2.5

Average hours a day using computer

  • Here 1.4
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 1.4
  • Alaska 1.4

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

Eight percent of Birch Creek residents have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they had asthma. Three percent of people living here has anemia, sometimes called "tired blood" or "low blood". Sixteen percent are overweight. Seven 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. Twelve percent of people living in Birch Creek have ever received a blood transfusion. Thirty nine percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Seventeen percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. One percent have congestive heart failure. One percent have coronary heart disease. Four 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. Eight percent have another thyroid problem. Two percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. Two 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 (%)

  • Here 7.9%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 10.6%
  • Alaska 9.5%

People with anemia (%)

  • Here 2.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 2.8%
  • Alaska 2.7%

People with overweight (%)

  • Birch Creek 16.2%
  • County 36.4%
  • Alaska 33.9%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Here 7.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 17.5%
  • State 15.9%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Birch Creek 11.9%
  • County 10.1%
  • State 8.6%

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

  • Here 39.3%
  • County 26.9%
  • State 18.2%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Birch Creek 16.5%
  • County 24.6%
  • State 20.8%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Here 1.5%
  • County 2.8%
  • State 2.0%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Birch Creek 1.5%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 4.3%
  • Alaska 2.4%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Birch Creek 3.7%
  • County 4.8%
  • State 2.7%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Here 2.8%
  • County 3.5%
  • Alaska 2.4%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Here 7.5%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 5.8%
  • Alaska 6.5%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Here 1.6%
  • County 2.7%
  • Alaska 2.8%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Birch Creek 1.7%
  • County 2.4%
  • State 2.2%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Birch Creek 3.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 5.1%
  • Alaska 6.5%

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

Seventy four percent of births in Birch Creek were vaginal deliveries. Twenty six percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.9 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Fifty two percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Fifty three percent of women breastfeed their children. Seventy percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Thirty percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy.

Summary

Vaginal deliveries (%)

  • Birch Creek 73.7%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 70.5%
  • Alaska 62.4%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Here 26.3%
  • County 29.5%
  • Alaska 37.6%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Birch Creek 99.9%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 99.7%
  • State 99.4%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Here 52.4%
  • County 56.5%
  • State 56.8%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Here 52.5%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 61.0%
  • Alaska 62.8%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Birch Creek 69.6%
  • County 70.1%
  • Alaska 77.2%

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

  • Birch Creek 30.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 21.7%
  • State 19.1%

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

People living in Birch Creek report their general health condition on average at 47 percent. Three percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 29 percent of Birch Creek residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Five percent of people living in Birch Creek are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Birch Creek 47.4%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 52.9%
  • State 57.7%

Blood donors (%)

  • Birch Creek 3.4%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 4.0%
  • Alaska 5.5%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Here 28.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 36.9%
  • State 41.2%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Here 5.3%
  • County 6.4%
  • State 8.4%

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

People in Birch Creek spend $391 per month on average on food for their families at supermarkets or grocery stores. This is 20 percent of their income. The average family in Birch Creek spends $122 on food at other stores monthly. This is seven percent of their income. They spend $115 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is eight percent of their income. They also spend $12 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is two percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Here $391
  • County $376
  • Alaska $369

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

  • Here 20.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 24.2%
  • State 22.1%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Here $122
  • County $96
  • Alaska $84

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Birch Creek 6.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 4.7%
  • Alaska 4.6%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Birch Creek $115
  • County $118
  • Alaska $152

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Birch Creek 8.4%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 6.9%
  • State 7.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Here $12
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area $65
  • Alaska $36

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Here 1.6%
  • County 1.2%
  • Alaska 1.4%

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

People living in Birch Creek report their general condition of hearing on average at 79 percent. Seventy seven 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 two percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Twenty five percent of Birch Creek population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Fifty eight 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. Eleven percent of people in Birch Creek had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Here 79.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 79.6%
  • Alaska 80.9%

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

  • Here 77.5%
  • County 80.8%
  • State 81.0%

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

  • Here 91.5%
  • County 94.9%
  • Alaska 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Here 25.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 25.5%
  • State 19.4%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Birch Creek 58.1%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 52.4%
  • Alaska 43.9%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 10.6%
  • County 16.6%
  • State 16.2%

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

Thirty percent of Birch Creek 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 (%)

  • Birch Creek 30.4%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 29.5%
  • State 22.5%

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

Twenty one percent of Birch Creek 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 three percent are limited in the kind or amount of work they can do because of physical, mental or emotional problems. Six percent have difficulty walking without using any special equipment. Eighteen percent are limited in any way because of difficulty remembering or because they experience periods of confusion.

Summary

People having limitations keeping them from working (%)

  • Birch Creek 21.1%
  • County 20.2%
  • Alaska 15.0%

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

  • Birch Creek 23.3%
  • County 25.4%
  • Alaska 20.4%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Birch Creek 5.8%
  • County 8.0%
  • Alaska 6.4%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Birch Creek 18.5%
  • County 12.3%
  • State 8.1%

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

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