Health and Nutrition of Central, AK Residents

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Forty eight percent of Central residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 24 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 three 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 three "ready to eat" foods such as salads, soups, chicken, sandwiches and cooked vegetables per month.

Summary

Diet health (%)

  • Here 47.8%
  • County 46.6%
  • State 49.9%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Central 24.0
  • County 17.7
  • State 19.7

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Central 2.9
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 3.6
  • Alaska 3.9

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

  • Here 1.9
  • County 1.7
  • State 1.8

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Central 2.7
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 2.1
  • Alaska 2.0

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

The average Central resident last visited a dentist three years ago (including all types of dentists, such as, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and all other dental specialists, as well as dental hygienists). Thirteen percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Forty four percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Central residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 38 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 26 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Here 3.4
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 2.1
  • Alaska 1.8

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Here 13.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 21.9%
  • Alaska 15.9%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Central 44.3%
  • County 19.8%
  • State 20.8%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Central 38.2%
  • County 43.4%
  • State 48.3%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Central 2.4
  • County 2.5
  • Alaska 3.0

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Here 2.9
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 3.0
  • Alaska 2.8

Average number of teeth

  • Here 25.7
  • County 22.6
  • State 24.4

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

The average height of Central residents 16 years and older is 64 inches. The average weight is 189 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 32. Sixty five percent of people living here are obese. Seventy two percent have ever been obese. Fifty five percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Central 64.0
  • County 66.7
  • State 67.1

Average weight (pounds)

  • Here 189.4
  • County 179.0
  • Alaska 180.9

Average BMI

  • Central 32.3
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 29.4
  • Alaska 28.7

People that are obese (%)

  • Central 65.4%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 39.6%
  • Alaska 36.8%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Here 71.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 53.2%
  • State 48.3%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Central 54.7%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 35.5%
  • State 37.9%

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

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

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Here 62.5%
  • County 69.0%
  • State 64.1%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Here 25.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 29.9%
  • Alaska 25.2%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Central 23.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 28.4%
  • State 23.5%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Here 6.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 1.9%
  • Alaska 2.5%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Central 10.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 20.4%
  • Alaska 14.5%

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

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

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Here 10.7%
  • County 12.7%
  • State 8.5%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Central 40.5%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 45.7%
  • State 45.1%

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

Central 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

  • Central 1.0
  • County 1.2
  • State 1.0

Nineteen percent of Central 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. Seven percent have been having problems with their ability to taste sweet, sour, salty or bitter foods and drinks. Seventy two percent of people above the age of 40 have ever had wisdom teeth removed. Sixteen percent have ever had their tonsils removed. Twenty four percent have lost consciousness because of a head injury. Twenty four percent have ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull. Twenty six percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 19.0%
  • County 11.4%
  • Alaska 11.1%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Here 7.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 4.2%
  • State 4.3%

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

  • Here 71.9%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 60.6%
  • State 65.4%

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

  • Central 16.5%
  • County 20.1%
  • Alaska 26.2%

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

  • Central 24.1%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 15.1%
  • Alaska 17.0%

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

  • Here 23.9%
  • County 19.1%
  • Alaska 22.3%

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

  • Central 25.6%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 38.8%
  • State 42.6%

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

Forty seven percent of people living in Central are covered by health insurance or some other kind of health care plan.

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Here 47.1%
  • County 69.3%
  • Alaska 73.6%

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

Twelve percent of people living in Central have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Nineteen percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Thirty one percent of people in Central 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 (%)

  • Central 12.4%
  • County 17.4%
  • State 16.7%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Central 18.5%
  • County 22.8%
  • State 21.3%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 30.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 36.3%
  • State 38.1%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Here 14.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 19.9%
  • Alaska 15.1%

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

Forty one percent of people living in Central use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Central 41.4%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 29.0%
  • Alaska 38.8%

Twenty nine percent of Central residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Thirty one percent often feel down, depressed, or hopeless. Forty two percent of people living here have trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleep too much. Forty one percent of people often feel tired or have little energy. Twenty seven percent are bothered by poor appetite or overeating. Twenty five percent often feel badly about themselves, that they are a failure or have let themselves or their families down. Thirty 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. Two 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 (%)

  • Central 29.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 31.3%
  • State 26.3%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Central 30.9%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 34.1%
  • Alaska 27.3%

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

  • Central 41.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 46.6%
  • State 43.0%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 41.4%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 58.0%
  • State 53.2%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Central 26.7%
  • County 35.6%
  • State 27.8%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Central 24.6%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 24.4%
  • Alaska 21.6%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Central 31.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 25.4%
  • State 20.5%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Here 13.7%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 24.8%
  • Alaska 14.6%

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

  • Here 1.6%
  • County 5.8%
  • Alaska 4.2%

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

Central residents on average take two prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Central 2.0
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 1.8
  • State 1.7

Fifty five percent of people living in Central have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Twenty percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 2.7 days per month on average. They have 3.5 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 17 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Central 54.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 82.0%
  • Alaska 82.2%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Central 20.4%
  • County 10.8%
  • State 10.0%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Here 2.7
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 4.2
  • State 5.1

Average drinks/week

  • Here 3.5
  • County 7.5
  • Alaska 6.1

Average days/year people drink much

  • Here 16.8
  • County 27.3
  • Alaska 24.4

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

Ninety eight percent of Central residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Ninety three percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Eighty two percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Fifty one percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Nine percent of males in Central have ever had any kind of sex with a man, including oral or anal. Hundred percent of females have ever had vaginal sex with a man. Eighty eight percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Forty six percent have ever had anal sex. Twenty seven percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Central 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 18 women. He has vaginal sex with 23 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 three women. Males in their lifetime have anal or oral sex with 1.2 men on average. They have had 0.9 anal sex partners in their lifetime. People in Central were 22 years old on average when they first performed oral sex on a man. They performed oral sex on average on two men in their lifetime. Seven percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Central has vaginal or anal sex 56 times a year. Fifty four percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Central 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with nine men on average. They have had nine male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.3 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Thirty five percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

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

  • Central 98.2%
  • County 98.9%
  • Alaska 97.2%

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

  • Central 92.7%
  • County 96.6%
  • Alaska 94.5%

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

  • Here 81.6%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 83.9%
  • Alaska 86.9%

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

  • Here 51.5%
  • County 46.0%
  • Alaska 48.0%

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

  • Central 9.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 4.4%
  • State 6.1%

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

  • Here 100.0%
  • County 98.7%
  • State 97.1%

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

  • Central 87.5%
  • County 88.5%
  • Alaska 88.3%

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

  • Central 46.4%
  • County 35.4%
  • State 39.4%

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

  • Central 26.8%
  • County 14.9%
  • State 12.0%

Average age people first had sex

  • Central 17.2
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 16.1
  • Alaska 16.9

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

  • Central 18.4
  • County 34.1
  • State 26.3

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

  • Central 22.8
  • County 26.0
  • Alaska 21.6

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

  • Central 21.3
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 20.7
  • State 21.3

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

  • Here 2.9
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 6.2
  • State 5.7

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

  • Central 1.2
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 0.9
  • State 1.8

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

  • Here 0.9
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 0.5
  • State 1.0

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

  • Here 22.0
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 19.8
  • State 18.8

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

  • Here 2.2
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 2.2
  • State 3.7

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Central 6.6%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 13.9%
  • Alaska 8.7%

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

  • Here 56.1
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 65.0
  • State 64.3

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Here 54.5%
  • County 44.4%
  • Alaska 55.7%

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

  • Here 8.8
  • County 9.2
  • State 9.8

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

  • Central 8.8
  • County 8.1
  • State 9.0

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

  • Here 0.3
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 0.4
  • Alaska 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Here 34.5%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 74.4%
  • State 81.4%

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

Eleven percent of households in Central use chemical products in their homes to control fleas, roaches, ants, termites or other insects.

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • Here 11.1%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 11.4%
  • Alaska 9.6%

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

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Central 6.8
  • County 6.7
  • State 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Central 45.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 31.4%
  • State 30.9%

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

Fifty five percent of Central residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

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

Nine percent of Central 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. Fifty one 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 percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Eighteen 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. Twenty 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 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 0.8 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 9.5%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 21.0%
  • Alaska 22.6%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 51.5%
  • County 36.8%
  • Alaska 40.0%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Central 30.1%
  • County 35.6%
  • State 32.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Central 17.7%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 21.0%
  • State 24.6%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 20.3%
  • County 43.0%
  • State 48.0%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Central 4.5
  • County 5.6
  • State 6.1

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Here 3.0
  • County 2.6
  • Alaska 2.5

Average hours a day using computer

  • Central 0.8
  • County 1.4
  • Alaska 1.4

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

Two percent of people 16 years and older have ever been told by a doctor or other health care professional that they had psoriasis. Sixty one percent are overweight. Nine percent of people living in Central have ever received a blood transfusion. Twenty five percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Fifty nine percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. One percent have ever been told they had gout. One percent have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had a stroke. Five percent have another thyroid problem. Six percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. Two percent of people had any kind of liver condition.

Summary

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Here 2.4%
  • County 2.6%
  • State 3.7%

People with overweight (%)

  • Central 60.9%
  • County 36.4%
  • State 33.9%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Central 8.9%
  • County 10.1%
  • State 8.6%

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

  • Central 25.4%
  • County 26.9%
  • State 18.2%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Here 59.2%
  • County 24.6%
  • Alaska 20.8%

People with gout (%)

  • Central 1.4%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 2.3%
  • State 3.1%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Here 1.0%
  • County 3.5%
  • Alaska 2.4%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Central 4.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 5.8%
  • Alaska 6.5%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Central 5.6%
  • County 2.7%
  • Alaska 2.8%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Central 2.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 2.4%
  • Alaska 2.2%

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

Seventy one percent of births in Central were vaginal deliveries. Twenty nine percent of deliveries were cesarean. 100.0 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Fifty eight percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Sixty five percent of women breastfeed their children. Eighteen percent of women in Central have ever had a hysterectomy, including a partial hysterectomy (that is, surgery to remove their uterus or womb). Seven percent had both of their ovaries removed (either when they had their uterus removed or at another time). Eighty nine percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Twenty one percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Twenty four 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 (%)

  • Central 71.2%
  • County 70.5%
  • State 62.4%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Central 28.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 29.5%
  • State 37.6%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Here 100.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 99.7%
  • State 99.4%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Central 58.0%
  • County 56.5%
  • Alaska 56.8%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Here 65.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 61.0%
  • State 62.8%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Here 18.5%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 13.9%
  • Alaska 16.6%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Here 7.1%
  • County 7.3%
  • State 8.8%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Here 88.7%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 70.1%
  • State 77.2%

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

  • Central 20.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 21.7%
  • State 19.1%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Central 23.8%
  • County 11.9%
  • Alaska 14.6%

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

People living in Central report their general health condition on average at 51 percent. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 45 percent of Central residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Eight percent of people living in Central are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Here 51.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 52.9%
  • State 57.7%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Here 45.1%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 36.9%
  • State 41.2%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Central 8.5%
  • County 6.4%
  • Alaska 8.4%

People in Central spend $454 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 Central spends $91 on food at other stores monthly. This is three percent of their income. They spend $103 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is three percent of their income. They also spend $12 monthly on carried out or delivered food.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Central $454
  • County $376
  • State $369

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

  • Central 23.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 24.2%
  • Alaska 22.1%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Here $91
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area $96
  • Alaska $84

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Central 3.0%
  • County 4.7%
  • Alaska 4.6%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Central $103
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area $118
  • Alaska $152

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Here 3.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 6.9%
  • Alaska 7.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Here $12
  • County $65
  • Alaska $36

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

People living in Central report their general condition of hearing on average at 91 percent. Ninety four 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. Hundred percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Thirty six percent of Central population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Thirty four 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. Six percent of people in Central had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Central 90.9%
  • County 79.6%
  • State 80.9%

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

  • Central 94.5%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 80.8%
  • State 81.0%

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

  • Central 99.6%
  • County 94.9%
  • Alaska 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Central 36.1%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 25.5%
  • Alaska 19.4%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Central 34.4%
  • County 52.4%
  • State 43.9%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Central 5.6%
  • County 16.6%
  • Alaska 16.2%

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

Seventeen percent of Central 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 16.6%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 29.5%
  • State 22.5%

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

Nineteen percent of Central 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 six percent are limited in the kind or amount of work they can do because of physical, mental or emotional problems. Nine percent have difficulty walking without using any special equipment. Three percent are limited in any way because of difficulty remembering or because they experience periods of confusion. Three 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 (%)

  • Here 19.5%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 20.2%
  • Alaska 15.0%

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

  • Here 25.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 25.4%
  • Alaska 20.4%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Central 8.5%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 8.0%
  • Alaska 6.4%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Central 3.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 12.3%
  • State 8.1%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Here 2.9%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 5.5%
  • Alaska 4.9%

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

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