Health and Nutrition of Buffalo Soapstone, AK Residents

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Fifty one percent of Buffalo Soapstone residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 21 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 (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 50.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 49.8%
  • State 49.9%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 20.9
  • County 20.4
  • State 19.7

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Here 3.7
  • County 3.9
  • Alaska 3.9

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 1.8
  • County 1.8
  • Alaska 1.8

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 1.8
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.0
  • State 2.0

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Here 3.5
  • County 3.7
  • Alaska 3.6

The average Buffalo Soapstone 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). Twelve percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Twenty four percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Buffalo Soapstone residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 49 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 three days per week. The average person living here (including children) has 25 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Here 1.8
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 1.9
  • Alaska 1.8

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 12.0%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 16.0%
  • State 15.9%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 24.1%
  • County 21.4%
  • Alaska 20.8%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 49.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 48.0%
  • State 48.3%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Here 3.0
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.9
  • State 3.0

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Buffalo Soapstone 2.6
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.7
  • State 2.8

Average number of teeth

  • Buffalo Soapstone 24.9
  • County 23.9
  • State 24.4

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

The average height of Buffalo Soapstone residents 16 years and older is 67 inches. The average weight is 183 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 29. Thirty five percent of people living here are obese. Forty eight percent have ever been obese. Thirty six percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 67.5
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 67.4
  • State 67.1

Average weight (pounds)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 183.4
  • County 183.7
  • Alaska 180.9

Average BMI

  • Buffalo Soapstone 28.6
  • County 28.9
  • Alaska 28.7

People that are obese (%)

  • Here 34.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 37.2%
  • Alaska 36.8%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 47.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 49.5%
  • Alaska 48.3%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 36.4%
  • County 38.4%
  • Alaska 37.9%

Sixty four percent of Buffalo Soapstone residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Twenty five percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Twenty five percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. Three percent have ever used heroin. Fourteen percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 63.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 65.9%
  • Alaska 64.1%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 25.3%
  • County 26.6%
  • Alaska 25.2%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Here 24.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 24.8%
  • State 23.5%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Here 3.1%
  • County 2.9%
  • State 2.5%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Here 14.1%
  • County 15.3%
  • Alaska 14.5%

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

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

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Here 6.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 8.5%
  • State 8.5%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Here 42.5%
  • County 46.9%
  • State 45.1%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Here 2.5%
  • County 2.9%
  • State 2.5%

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

Buffalo Soapstone 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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 0.9
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 1.0
  • Alaska 1.0

Twelve percent of Buffalo Soapstone 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. Four percent have been having problems with their ability to taste sweet, sour, salty or bitter foods and drinks. Sixty seven percent of people above the age of 40 have ever had wisdom teeth removed. Twenty three percent have ever had their tonsils removed. Twenty one percent have lost consciousness because of a head injury. Twenty seven percent have ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull. Forty one percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 11.9%
  • County 11.0%
  • Alaska 11.1%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Here 4.3%
  • County 5.1%
  • State 4.3%

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

  • Here 67.1%
  • County 67.9%
  • State 65.4%

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 23.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 28.8%
  • State 26.2%

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 20.6%
  • County 18.7%
  • Alaska 17.0%

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 27.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 24.7%
  • State 22.3%

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 41.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 44.6%
  • Alaska 42.6%

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

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

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 75.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 74.3%
  • Alaska 73.6%

Fifteen percent of people living in Buffalo Soapstone have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Twenty one percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Forty percent of people in Buffalo Soapstone frequently check their blood cholesterol. Twelve 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 14.9%
  • County 19.0%
  • State 16.7%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Here 21.4%
  • County 23.1%
  • Alaska 21.3%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 39.6%
  • County 40.4%
  • State 38.1%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Here 12.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 16.2%
  • State 15.1%

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

Forty five percent of people living in Buffalo Soapstone use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Here 45.3%
  • County 41.0%
  • State 38.8%

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

  • Here 27.3%
  • County 26.1%
  • State 26.3%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Here 27.8%
  • County 26.8%
  • Alaska 27.3%

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 44.3%
  • County 43.5%
  • State 43.0%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 51.9%
  • County 53.2%
  • State 53.2%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 23.3%
  • County 27.2%
  • State 27.8%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 21.8%
  • County 21.8%
  • Alaska 21.6%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Here 21.0%
  • County 20.0%
  • State 20.5%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 13.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 13.5%
  • State 14.6%

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 5.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 4.2%
  • State 4.2%

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

Buffalo Soapstone residents on average take two prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Buffalo Soapstone 1.7
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 1.9
  • State 1.7

Eighty five percent of people living in Buffalo Soapstone have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Nine percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 5.8 days per month on average. They have 6.1 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 85.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 83.9%
  • Alaska 82.2%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Here 8.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 8.4%
  • State 10.0%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Buffalo Soapstone 5.8
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 5.4
  • State 5.1

Average drinks/week

  • Buffalo Soapstone 6.1
  • County 5.9
  • Alaska 6.1

Average days/year people drink much

  • Buffalo Soapstone 25.8
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 24.5
  • State 24.4

Ninety eight percent of Buffalo Soapstone 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. Ninety one percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Fifty five percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Seven percent of males in Buffalo Soapstone have ever had any kind of sex with a man, including oral or anal. Ninety eight percent of females have ever had vaginal sex with a man. Ninety two percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Forty three percent have ever had anal sex. Eleven percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Buffalo Soapstone were 17 years old on average when they had sex for the first time. The average man in his lifetime had any kind of sex with 26 women. He has vaginal sex with 25 women. People living here were on average 21 years old when they first performed oral sex on a woman. In their lifetime they performed oral sex on average on six women. Males in their lifetime have anal or oral sex with 3.9 men on average. They have had 2.3 anal sex partners in their lifetime. People in Buffalo Soapstone were 18 years old on average when they first performed oral sex on a man. They performed oral sex on average on six men in their lifetime. Four percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Buffalo Soapstone has vaginal or anal sex 67 times a year. Sixty six percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Buffalo Soapstone 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with 10 men on average. They have had nine male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.4 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Eighty four percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

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

  • Here 97.5%
  • County 97.7%
  • Alaska 97.2%

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

  • Here 96.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 95.0%
  • State 94.5%

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

  • Here 90.8%
  • County 89.9%
  • Alaska 86.9%

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

  • Here 54.6%
  • County 49.0%
  • State 48.0%

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 6.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 6.3%
  • Alaska 6.1%

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

  • Here 97.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 98.1%
  • Alaska 97.1%

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

  • Here 91.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 90.8%
  • State 88.3%

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

  • Here 43.2%
  • County 43.3%
  • Alaska 39.4%

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 11.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 11.7%
  • Alaska 12.0%

Average age people first had sex

  • Here 17.0
  • County 16.8
  • State 16.9

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

  • Here 26.2
  • County 26.8
  • Alaska 26.3

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 24.7
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 21.8
  • Alaska 21.6

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

  • Here 21.4
  • County 21.2
  • State 21.3

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

  • Here 6.0
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 6.2
  • State 5.7

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 3.9
  • County 2.1
  • State 1.8

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 2.3
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 1.1
  • State 1.0

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 17.9
  • County 19.3
  • Alaska 18.8

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

  • Here 6.3
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 4.2
  • Alaska 3.7

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 3.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 6.9%
  • State 8.7%

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 67.0
  • County 62.1
  • Alaska 64.3

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 65.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 60.0%
  • Alaska 55.7%

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

  • Here 9.6
  • County 10.6
  • Alaska 9.8

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 9.1
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 9.8
  • State 9.0

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 0.4
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 0.5
  • Alaska 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Here 84.0%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 85.3%
  • Alaska 81.4%

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

Nine percent of households in Buffalo Soapstone use chemical products in their homes to control fleas, roaches, ants, termites or other insects. Six percent use chemical products in their lawns or gardens to kill weeds.

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 9.3%
  • County 9.8%
  • State 9.6%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Here 6.4%
  • County 4.5%
  • Alaska 4.5%

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

Buffalo Soapstone residents 16 years and older usually get seven hours of sleep at night on weekdays or workdays. Twenty nine percent of them have trouble sleeping.

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Here 6.8
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 6.8
  • State 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Here 29.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 33.2%
  • Alaska 30.9%

Forty nine percent of Buffalo Soapstone residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Here 48.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 51.2%
  • State 51.0%

Twenty five percent of Buffalo Soapstone 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. Forty 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. Twenty seven percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Twenty four 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. Fifty 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 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 1.3 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 25.1%
  • County 23.1%
  • Alaska 22.6%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 40.5%
  • County 40.9%
  • State 40.0%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Here 26.8%
  • County 31.0%
  • State 32.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 24.5%
  • County 22.6%
  • State 24.6%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 50.5%
  • County 47.7%
  • Alaska 48.0%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Buffalo Soapstone 6.1
  • County 6.2
  • Alaska 6.1

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Here 2.4
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.6
  • Alaska 2.5

Average hours a day using computer

  • Buffalo Soapstone 1.3
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 1.3
  • Alaska 1.4

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

Eight percent of Buffalo Soapstone residents have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they had asthma. Two percent of people living here has anemia, sometimes called "tired blood" or "low blood". Five percent of people 16 years and older have ever been told by a doctor or other health care professional that they had psoriasis. Thirty three percent are overweight. Sixteen 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. Eight percent of people living in Buffalo Soapstone have ever received a blood transfusion. Fifteen percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Nineteen percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Two percent have ever been told they had gout. One percent have congestive heart failure. Two percent have coronary heart disease. One percent have angina, also called angina pectoris. Two percent have ever had a heart attack, also called myocardial infarction. Two 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. Three percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. One percent of people had any kind of liver condition. Five percent have ever had cancer or a malignancy of any kind.

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Here 7.9%
  • County 9.8%
  • Alaska 9.5%

People with anemia (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 2.0%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.5%
  • State 2.7%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 5.1%
  • County 4.4%
  • Alaska 3.7%

People with overweight (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 32.5%
  • County 35.5%
  • Alaska 33.9%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 16.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 16.8%
  • Alaska 15.9%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Here 8.0%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 9.7%
  • Alaska 8.6%

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 15.3%
  • County 17.9%
  • State 18.2%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 19.1%
  • County 23.7%
  • State 20.8%

People with gout (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 2.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 3.8%
  • State 3.1%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Here 1.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.4%
  • State 2.0%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 2.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.6%
  • Alaska 2.4%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Here 1.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 1.7%
  • Alaska 1.4%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Here 2.0%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 3.1%
  • Alaska 2.7%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 1.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.6%
  • State 2.4%

People with emphysema (%)

  • Here 1.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.5%
  • Alaska 1.7%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 6.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 6.8%
  • State 6.5%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 3.0%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 3.3%
  • State 2.8%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Here 1.2%
  • County 2.7%
  • State 2.2%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 5.3%
  • County 7.7%
  • State 6.5%

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

Fifty seven percent of births in Buffalo Soapstone were vaginal deliveries. Forty three percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.4 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Fifty four percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Seventy two percent of women breastfeed their children. Sixteen percent of women in Buffalo Soapstone have ever had a hysterectomy, including a partial hysterectomy (that is, surgery to remove their uterus or womb). Eight percent had both of their ovaries removed (either when they had their uterus removed or at another time). Eighty five percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Twelve percent of women are currently taking birth control pills. Seventeen percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Fourteen 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 (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 57.3%
  • County 62.4%
  • Alaska 62.4%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Here 42.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 37.6%
  • State 37.6%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Here 99.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 99.4%
  • Alaska 99.4%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 53.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 58.8%
  • State 56.8%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Here 72.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 62.0%
  • Alaska 62.8%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Here 15.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 20.2%
  • State 16.6%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Here 8.3%
  • County 10.6%
  • State 8.8%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 84.9%
  • County 80.8%
  • State 77.2%

Women taking birth control pills (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 12.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 9.2%
  • State 9.5%

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 16.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 19.1%
  • State 19.1%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Here 14.0%
  • County 17.0%
  • Alaska 14.6%

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

People living in Buffalo Soapstone report their general health condition on average at 60 percent. Five percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 44 percent of Buffalo Soapstone residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Nine percent of people living in Buffalo Soapstone are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 60.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 57.5%
  • State 57.7%

Blood donors (%)

  • Here 4.8%
  • County 5.4%
  • State 5.5%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Here 44.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 42.8%
  • Alaska 41.2%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 9.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 9.1%
  • State 8.4%

People in Buffalo Soapstone spend $371 per month on average on food for their families at supermarkets or grocery stores. This is 24 percent of their income. The average family in Buffalo Soapstone spends $77 on food at other stores monthly. This is five percent of their income. They spend $146 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is seven percent of their income. They also spend $41 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is one percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Buffalo Soapstone $371
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough $372
  • State $369

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 23.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 22.4%
  • State 22.1%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Here $77
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough $79
  • State $84

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Here 4.7%
  • County 4.4%
  • State 4.6%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Here $146
  • County $159
  • Alaska $152

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Here 6.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 7.7%
  • Alaska 7.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Buffalo Soapstone $41
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough $32
  • State $36

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 1.1%
  • County 1.3%
  • State 1.4%

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

People living in Buffalo Soapstone report their general condition of hearing on average at 82 percent. Eighty two 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 six percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Twenty one percent of Buffalo Soapstone population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Forty six 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 Buffalo Soapstone had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 81.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 80.1%
  • Alaska 80.9%

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

  • Buffalo Soapstone 81.9%
  • County 78.8%
  • Alaska 81.0%

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

  • Here 95.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 95.2%
  • Alaska 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 20.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 20.6%
  • State 19.4%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 46.1%
  • County 45.0%
  • Alaska 43.9%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 16.1%
  • County 17.1%
  • Alaska 16.2%

Twenty percent of Buffalo Soapstone 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 (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 20.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 22.1%
  • Alaska 22.5%

Fourteen percent of Buffalo Soapstone 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 one 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. Eight 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 (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 14.1%
  • County 16.2%
  • State 15.0%

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

  • Here 20.6%
  • County 22.4%
  • State 20.4%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 6.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 7.0%
  • Alaska 6.4%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Buffalo Soapstone 7.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 8.2%
  • State 8.1%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Here 4.9%
  • County 5.5%
  • Alaska 4.9%
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