Health and Nutrition of Houston, AK Residents

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Forty seven percent of Houston residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 20 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 four frozen meals or frozen pizzas on average monthly.

Summary

Diet health (%)

  • Houston 47.3%
  • County 49.8%
  • Alaska 49.9%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Here 20.5
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 20.4
  • Alaska 19.7

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Here 3.6
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 3.9
  • State 3.9

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

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

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Here 1.8
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.0
  • State 2.0

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Houston 3.6
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 3.7
  • Alaska 3.6

The average Houston 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). Nineteen percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Twenty three percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Houston residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 44 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 23 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Houston 2.0
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 1.9
  • Alaska 1.8

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Houston 18.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 16.0%
  • State 15.9%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Houston 23.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 21.4%
  • State 20.8%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Houston 44.2%
  • County 48.0%
  • State 48.3%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Here 2.8
  • County 2.9
  • State 3.0

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Houston 2.6
  • County 2.7
  • State 2.8

Average number of teeth

  • Houston 23.5
  • County 23.9
  • State 24.4

The average height of Houston residents 16 years and older is 67 inches. The average weight is 186 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 29. Forty one percent of people living here are obese. Fifty four percent have ever been obese. Thirty six percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Here 67.2
  • County 67.4
  • Alaska 67.1

Average weight (pounds)

  • Houston 185.9
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 183.7
  • State 180.9

Average BMI

  • Here 29.4
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 28.9
  • Alaska 28.7

People that are obese (%)

  • Houston 40.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 37.2%
  • State 36.8%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Houston 53.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 49.5%
  • State 48.3%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Here 35.6%
  • County 38.4%
  • Alaska 37.9%

Sixty seven percent of Houston residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Thirty percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Twenty seven percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. Three percent have ever used heroin. Eighteen percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Here 66.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 65.9%
  • Alaska 64.1%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Here 29.9%
  • County 26.6%
  • State 25.2%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Houston 27.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 24.8%
  • Alaska 23.5%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Here 3.2%
  • County 2.9%
  • Alaska 2.5%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Houston 18.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 15.3%
  • Alaska 14.5%

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

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

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Here 9.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 8.5%
  • Alaska 8.5%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Houston 42.9%
  • County 46.9%
  • Alaska 45.1%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Houston 3.1%
  • County 2.9%
  • State 2.5%

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

Houston 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 1.0
  • County 1.0
  • State 1.0

Thirteen percent of Houston 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. Seventy percent of people above the age of 40 have ever had wisdom teeth removed. Twenty seven percent have ever had their tonsils removed. Eighteen percent have lost consciousness because of a head injury. Twenty five percent have ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull. Forty five percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Houston 12.6%
  • County 11.0%
  • Alaska 11.1%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Houston 3.8%
  • County 5.1%
  • Alaska 4.3%

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

  • Here 69.6%
  • County 67.9%
  • Alaska 65.4%

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

  • Here 27.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 28.8%
  • Alaska 26.2%

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

  • Here 18.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 18.7%
  • State 17.0%

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

  • Here 24.5%
  • County 24.7%
  • State 22.3%

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

  • Here 44.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 44.6%
  • State 42.6%

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

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Here 70.1%
  • County 74.3%
  • Alaska 73.6%

Eighteen percent of people living in Houston have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Twenty two percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Thirty eight percent of people in Houston 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 (%)

  • Houston 18.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 19.0%
  • Alaska 16.7%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Houston 22.1%
  • County 23.1%
  • Alaska 21.3%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Houston 37.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 40.4%
  • Alaska 38.1%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Here 16.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 16.2%
  • State 15.1%

Thirty six percent of people living in Houston use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Houston 36.2%
  • County 41.0%
  • Alaska 38.8%

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

  • Houston 27.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 26.1%
  • State 26.3%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Here 30.0%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 26.8%
  • Alaska 27.3%

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

  • Here 44.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 43.5%
  • Alaska 43.0%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 55.3%
  • County 53.2%
  • Alaska 53.2%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Here 30.4%
  • County 27.2%
  • State 27.8%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Houston 23.9%
  • County 21.8%
  • Alaska 21.6%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Here 21.7%
  • County 20.0%
  • Alaska 20.5%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Houston 16.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 13.5%
  • State 14.6%

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

  • Houston 5.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 4.2%
  • State 4.2%

Houston residents on average take two prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Here 1.9
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 1.9
  • Alaska 1.7

Eighty three percent of people living in Houston have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Ten percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 5.1 days per month on average. They have 6.6 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 29 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Here 82.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 83.9%
  • Alaska 82.2%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Here 9.6%
  • County 8.4%
  • Alaska 10.0%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Here 5.1
  • County 5.4
  • State 5.1

Average drinks/week

  • Houston 6.6
  • County 5.9
  • State 6.1

Average days/year people drink much

  • Houston 28.6
  • County 24.5
  • State 24.4

Ninety eight percent of Houston residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Ninety five percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Ninety percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Fifty two percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Six percent of males in Houston 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 nine percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Forty percent have ever had anal sex. Twelve percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Houston 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 29 women. He has vaginal sex with 24 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 seven women. Males in their lifetime have anal or oral sex with 3.0 men on average. They have had 1.8 anal sex partners in their lifetime. People in Houston 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. Nine percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Houston has vaginal or anal sex 66 times a year. Fifty nine percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Houston 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with 12 men on average. They have had 11 male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.5 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 97.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 97.7%
  • Alaska 97.2%

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

  • Here 95.0%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 95.0%
  • Alaska 94.5%

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

  • Here 89.8%
  • County 89.9%
  • Alaska 86.9%

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

  • Here 52.1%
  • County 49.0%
  • Alaska 48.0%

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

  • Here 6.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 6.3%
  • Alaska 6.1%

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

  • Houston 98.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 98.1%
  • Alaska 97.1%

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

  • Houston 89.0%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 90.8%
  • Alaska 88.3%

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

  • Here 39.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 43.3%
  • Alaska 39.4%

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

  • Houston 12.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 11.7%
  • Alaska 12.0%

Average age people first had sex

  • Here 16.5
  • County 16.8
  • Alaska 16.9

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

  • Here 29.1
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 26.8
  • Alaska 26.3

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

  • Here 23.7
  • County 21.8
  • Alaska 21.6

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

  • Houston 20.6
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 21.2
  • Alaska 21.3

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

  • Houston 7.0
  • County 6.2
  • State 5.7

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

  • Here 3.0
  • County 2.1
  • State 1.8

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

  • Houston 1.8
  • County 1.1
  • State 1.0

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

  • Houston 17.8
  • County 19.3
  • State 18.8

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

  • Here 5.8
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 4.2
  • Alaska 3.7

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Here 8.8%
  • County 6.9%
  • State 8.7%

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

  • Houston 66.2
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 62.1
  • Alaska 64.3

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Houston 59.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 60.0%
  • Alaska 55.7%

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

  • Houston 11.9
  • County 10.6
  • Alaska 9.8

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

  • Here 10.8
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 9.8
  • Alaska 9.0

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

  • Houston 0.5
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 0.5
  • Alaska 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Houston 83.8%
  • County 85.3%
  • Alaska 81.4%

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

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

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • Houston 9.6%
  • County 9.8%
  • Alaska 9.6%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Houston 4.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 4.5%
  • State 4.5%

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

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Houston 6.7
  • County 6.8
  • State 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Here 33.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 33.2%
  • State 30.9%

Fifty seven percent of Houston residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Houston 56.6%
  • County 51.2%
  • Alaska 51.0%

Twenty six percent of Houston 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 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 percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Nineteen 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 five 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 1.3 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 26.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 23.1%
  • State 22.6%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 44.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 40.9%
  • Alaska 40.0%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Houston 29.6%
  • County 31.0%
  • State 32.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 19.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 22.6%
  • State 24.6%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 45.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 47.7%
  • Alaska 48.0%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Houston 5.8
  • County 6.2
  • Alaska 6.1

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Here 2.7
  • County 2.6
  • Alaska 2.5

Average hours a day using computer

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

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

Ten percent of Houston 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". Four percent of people 16 years and older have ever been told by a doctor or other health care professional that they had psoriasis. Thirty five percent are overweight. Twenty 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. Ten percent of people living in Houston have ever received a blood transfusion. Twenty one percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Twenty three percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Three percent have ever been told they had gout. Two percent have congestive heart failure. Three percent have coronary heart disease. Two percent have angina, also called angina pectoris. Three 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. Two percent have ever had emphysema. Seven percent have another thyroid problem. Four percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. Three percent of people had any kind of liver condition. Seven percent have ever had cancer or a malignancy of any kind.

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Here 9.9%
  • County 9.8%
  • Alaska 9.5%

People with anemia (%)

  • Houston 2.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.5%
  • Alaska 2.7%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Here 4.1%
  • County 4.4%
  • State 3.7%

People with overweight (%)

  • Houston 34.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 35.5%
  • State 33.9%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Houston 19.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 16.8%
  • Alaska 15.9%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Here 9.6%
  • County 9.7%
  • State 8.6%

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

  • Here 20.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 17.9%
  • Alaska 18.2%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Here 23.5%
  • County 23.7%
  • Alaska 20.8%

People with gout (%)

  • Houston 3.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 3.8%
  • State 3.1%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Here 2.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.4%
  • State 2.0%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Houston 2.7%
  • County 2.6%
  • State 2.4%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Here 1.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 1.7%
  • State 1.4%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Houston 3.2%
  • County 3.1%
  • State 2.7%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Houston 3.0%
  • County 2.6%
  • Alaska 2.4%

People with emphysema (%)

  • Here 2.1%
  • County 2.5%
  • Alaska 1.7%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Houston 6.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 6.8%
  • State 6.5%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Houston 3.6%
  • County 3.3%
  • Alaska 2.8%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Houston 2.6%
  • County 2.7%
  • Alaska 2.2%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Houston 7.0%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 7.7%
  • State 6.5%

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

Sixty six percent of births in Houston were vaginal deliveries. Thirty four percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.4 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Sixty one percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Fifty five percent of women breastfeed their children. Twenty percent of women in Houston have ever had a hysterectomy, including a partial hysterectomy (that is, surgery to remove their uterus or womb). Ten percent had both of their ovaries removed (either when they had their uterus removed or at another time). Seventy nine percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Eight percent of women are currently taking birth control pills. Twenty one percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Sixteen 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 (%)

  • Here 65.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 62.4%
  • Alaska 62.4%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Here 34.3%
  • County 37.6%
  • Alaska 37.6%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Houston 99.4%
  • County 99.4%
  • State 99.4%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Here 61.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 58.8%
  • Alaska 56.8%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Houston 54.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 62.0%
  • State 62.8%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

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

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Here 10.4%
  • County 10.6%
  • State 8.8%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Houston 78.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 80.8%
  • State 77.2%

Women taking birth control pills (%)

  • Houston 7.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 9.2%
  • State 9.5%

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

  • Houston 21.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 19.1%
  • Alaska 19.1%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Houston 16.0%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 17.0%
  • State 14.6%

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

People living in Houston report their general health condition on average at 56 percent. Five percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 40 percent of Houston residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Nine percent of people living in Houston are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Houston 55.5%
  • County 57.5%
  • Alaska 57.7%

Blood donors (%)

  • Houston 5.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 5.4%
  • Alaska 5.5%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Houston 39.6%
  • County 42.8%
  • Alaska 41.2%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Houston 9.3%
  • County 9.1%
  • State 8.4%

People in Houston spend $360 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 Houston spends $78 on food at other stores monthly. This is five percent of their income. They spend $129 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is eight percent of their income. They also spend $29 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is one percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Houston $360
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough $372
  • State $369

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

  • Here 24.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 22.4%
  • Alaska 22.1%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Here $78
  • County $79
  • State $84

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Here 4.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 4.4%
  • State 4.6%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Here $129
  • County $159
  • State $152

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Houston 7.5%
  • County 7.7%
  • Alaska 7.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Houston $29
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough $32
  • Alaska $36

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Houston 1.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 1.3%
  • Alaska 1.4%

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

People living in Houston report their general condition of hearing on average at 79 percent. Seventy six 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 four percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Twenty three percent of Houston population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Fifty one 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. Eighteen percent of people in Houston had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Houston 78.8%
  • County 80.1%
  • Alaska 80.9%

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

  • Here 76.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 78.8%
  • State 81.0%

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

  • Here 94.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 95.2%
  • Alaska 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Houston 22.7%
  • County 20.6%
  • State 19.4%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Houston 51.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 45.0%
  • Alaska 43.9%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 17.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 17.1%
  • State 16.2%

Twenty two percent of Houston 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 (%)

  • Houston 21.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 22.1%
  • Alaska 22.5%

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

  • Houston 18.6%
  • County 16.2%
  • Alaska 15.0%

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

  • Houston 24.7%
  • County 22.4%
  • State 20.4%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Houston 7.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 7.0%
  • Alaska 6.4%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Houston 9.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 8.2%
  • State 8.1%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Here 5.8%
  • County 5.5%
  • Alaska 4.9%

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

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