Health and Nutrition of Houston, TX Residents

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Forty eight percent of Houston residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 19 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 (%)

  • Houston 47.8%
  • Harris County 47.8%
  • Texas 48.0%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Houston 18.7
  • Harris County 19.2
  • Texas 20.0

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Houston 3.9
  • Harris County 3.9
  • Texas 3.7

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

  • Houston 2.0
  • County 2.0
  • State 1.9

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Here 2.2
  • County 2.1
  • State 2.0

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Houston 3.2
  • County 3.3
  • Texas 3.3

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). Fifteen percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Twenty percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Houston residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 47 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 24 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Here 1.8
  • County 1.9
  • Texas 1.9

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Here 15.3%
  • Harris County 15.9%
  • Texas 16.1%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Houston 20.3%
  • Harris County 21.0%
  • Texas 21.0%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Houston 47.4%
  • County 46.7%
  • State 46.4%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Houston 2.9
  • County 2.9
  • State 2.9

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Houston 3.2
  • County 3.1
  • Texas 3.0

Average number of teeth

  • Here 24.4
  • County 24.3
  • Texas 23.7

The average height of Houston residents 16 years and older is 66 inches. The average weight is 176 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 28. Thirty six percent of people living here are obese. Forty seven percent have ever been obese. Thirty six percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Houston 66.2
  • Harris County 66.2
  • State 66.2

Average weight (pounds)

  • Houston 176.5
  • Harris County 177.1
  • Texas 177.4

Average BMI

  • Houston 28.4
  • County 28.5
  • Texas 28.5

People that are obese (%)

  • Houston 36.2%
  • Harris County 36.7%
  • State 37.2%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Houston 46.5%
  • County 47.3%
  • Texas 48.3%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Houston 36.0%
  • County 36.2%
  • State 36.0%

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

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Here 60.9%
  • Harris County 61.1%
  • State 61.8%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Here 20.7%
  • Harris County 22.0%
  • Texas 22.8%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Here 19.1%
  • Harris County 20.2%
  • Texas 20.9%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Here 1.9%
  • County 2.2%
  • State 2.3%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Here 11.2%
  • County 12.1%
  • Texas 12.5%

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

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

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Here 8.9%
  • Harris County 8.9%
  • Texas 9.3%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Here 45.8%
  • Harris County 45.6%
  • State 46.4%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Here 2.7%
  • Harris County 2.7%
  • State 2.8%

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

  • Houston 1.1
  • Harris County 1.1
  • Texas 1.1

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

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 10.5%
  • County 10.8%
  • State 11.2%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Houston 4.8%
  • Harris County 4.8%
  • State 5.0%

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

  • Here 61.9%
  • County 62.8%
  • Texas 65.0%

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

  • Houston 21.8%
  • County 22.7%
  • State 25.0%

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

  • Here 12.9%
  • Harris County 13.9%
  • Texas 14.8%

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

  • Houston 17.3%
  • County 18.9%
  • State 19.8%

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

  • Here 32.7%
  • Harris County 34.6%
  • State 36.0%

Seventy three 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 (%)

  • Houston 73.4%
  • County 72.1%
  • State 72.1%

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 percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Thirty eight percent of people in Houston frequently check their blood cholesterol. Fourteen 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 17.8%
  • Harris County 17.7%
  • Texas 19.4%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Here 20.0%
  • County 20.3%
  • Texas 21.7%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Houston 38.5%
  • Harris County 37.9%
  • Texas 39.0%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Here 14.2%
  • County 14.5%
  • State 16.3%

Thirty one percent of people living in Houston use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Here 30.9%
  • County 32.2%
  • Texas 33.4%

Twenty six percent of Houston residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Twenty seven percent often feel down, depressed, or hopeless. Forty percent of people living here have trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleep too much. Fifty one percent of people often feel tired or have little energy. Twenty nine percent are bothered by poor appetite or overeating. Twenty percent often feel badly about themselves, that they are a failure or have let themselves or their families down. Nineteen percent have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV. Fifteen 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. Four 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 26.4%
  • County 26.8%
  • Texas 26.8%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Houston 26.6%
  • County 27.1%
  • State 27.6%

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

  • Houston 40.1%
  • County 40.8%
  • State 41.2%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Houston 50.5%
  • Harris County 51.1%
  • State 51.3%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Here 28.7%
  • County 28.8%
  • Texas 28.6%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Here 20.1%
  • County 20.7%
  • State 21.2%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Here 19.1%
  • Harris County 19.5%
  • State 19.7%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Here 14.6%
  • Harris County 14.7%
  • State 14.9%

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

  • Here 4.2%
  • County 4.3%
  • Texas 4.5%

Houston residents on average take two prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Houston 1.5
  • Harris County 1.6
  • State 1.8

Seventy nine 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 4.5 days per month on average. They have 5.3 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 20 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Houston 79.1%
  • County 79.5%
  • State 79.9%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Houston 10.4%
  • Harris County 10.5%
  • Texas 10.4%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Houston 4.5
  • County 4.5
  • Texas 4.6

Average drinks/week

  • Houston 5.3
  • Harris County 5.4
  • State 5.4

Average days/year people drink much

  • Houston 20.0
  • Harris County 21.0
  • Texas 21.6

Ninety seven percent of Houston residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Ninety two percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Eighty two percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Forty eight percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Eight percent of males in Houston have ever had any kind of sex with a man, including oral or anal. Ninety seven percent of females have ever had vaginal sex with a man. Eighty two percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Thirty nine percent have ever had anal sex. Fourteen 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 25 women. He has vaginal sex with 21 women. People living here were on average 22 years old when they first performed oral sex on a woman. In their lifetime they performed oral sex on average on five women. Males in their lifetime have anal or oral sex with 1.6 men on average. They have had 0.9 anal sex partners in their lifetime. People in Houston were 20 years old on average when they first performed oral sex on a man. They performed oral sex on average on three men in their lifetime. Eleven 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 62 times a year. Forty eight percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Houston 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with 10 men on average. They have had eight male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.6 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Sixty six percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

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

  • Houston 97.5%
  • County 97.5%
  • State 97.5%

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

  • Here 91.8%
  • Harris County 92.8%
  • Texas 93.4%

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

  • Here 82.3%
  • Harris County 84.0%
  • Texas 85.2%

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

  • Houston 48.1%
  • Harris County 49.0%
  • State 49.5%

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

  • Here 8.0%
  • County 7.3%
  • Texas 6.9%

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

  • Here 96.7%
  • Harris County 96.8%
  • Texas 97.0%

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

  • Here 81.9%
  • Harris County 82.9%
  • Texas 83.7%

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

  • Houston 38.9%
  • County 39.6%
  • Texas 39.9%

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

  • Here 13.5%
  • Harris County 13.0%
  • State 12.4%

Average age people first had sex

  • Here 16.9
  • County 16.9
  • Texas 16.8

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

  • Here 25.5
  • Harris County 26.0
  • State 26.6

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

  • Here 20.9
  • Harris County 21.7
  • State 21.8

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

  • Houston 21.7
  • Harris County 21.5
  • State 21.2

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

  • Here 4.5
  • Harris County 4.8
  • State 5.0

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

  • Houston 1.6
  • Harris County 1.6
  • Texas 2.0

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

  • Here 0.9
  • Harris County 0.9
  • State 1.1

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

  • Here 19.8
  • Harris County 19.9
  • State 19.9

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

  • Houston 3.0
  • Harris County 3.3
  • Texas 3.8

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Here 11.3%
  • Harris County 10.6%
  • Texas 10.2%

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

  • Here 61.5
  • County 63.2
  • State 62.9

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Here 48.1%
  • Harris County 50.3%
  • State 50.7%

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

  • Houston 9.7
  • Harris County 10.0
  • Texas 10.0

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

  • Here 8.4
  • Harris County 8.8
  • Texas 8.9

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

  • Houston 0.6
  • Harris County 0.6
  • State 0.6

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Houston 65.6%
  • County 68.3%
  • Texas 70.3%

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. Four percent use chemical products in their lawns or gardens to kill weeds.

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • Here 10.2%
  • County 10.1%
  • State 10.3%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Houston 4.3%
  • County 4.2%
  • Texas 4.3%

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

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Houston 6.7
  • County 6.7
  • State 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Here 25.4%
  • County 26.7%
  • Texas 27.8%

Forty nine percent of Houston residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Houston 49.3%
  • Harris County 50.5%
  • State 49.8%

Eighteen 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. Thirty two 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 four 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. 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 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 1.4 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Houston 18.0%
  • County 19.4%
  • Texas 20.3%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Houston 31.9%
  • County 34.0%
  • State 35.2%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Houston 33.9%
  • County 33.3%
  • State 32.3%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 24.4%
  • County 23.6%
  • Texas 21.8%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 42.2%
  • Harris County 42.6%
  • State 42.1%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Here 6.1
  • County 6.0
  • Texas 5.9

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Houston 2.6
  • Harris County 2.6
  • State 2.6

Average hours a day using computer

  • Here 1.4
  • Harris County 1.4
  • State 1.3

Nine percent of Houston residents have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they had asthma. Four percent of people living here has anemia, sometimes called "tired blood" or "low blood". Three percent of people 16 years and older have ever been told by a doctor or other health care professional that they had psoriasis. Thirty two percent are overweight. Nineteen percent of people 60 years and older have difficulties in thinking or remembering that can make a big difference in everyday activities (this does not refer to occasionally forgetting your keys or the name of someone you recently met). This refers to things like confusion or memory loss that are happening more often or getting worse. Nine percent of people living in Houston have ever received a blood transfusion. Twenty percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Eighteen percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Three percent have ever been told they had gout. Two percent have congestive heart failure. Two percent have coronary heart disease. Two percent have angina, also called angina pectoris. Two 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. Six percent have another thyroid problem. Two percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. Three 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 9.0%
  • County 9.4%
  • State 9.7%

People with anemia (%)

  • Here 3.9%
  • Harris County 3.7%
  • Texas 3.5%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Houston 2.7%
  • Harris County 3.0%
  • Texas 3.2%

People with overweight (%)

  • Houston 31.8%
  • Harris County 32.2%
  • State 33.0%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Houston 18.8%
  • County 19.5%
  • Texas 20.4%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Here 9.5%
  • County 9.3%
  • State 10.2%

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

  • Here 19.5%
  • Harris County 19.6%
  • State 20.0%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Here 18.4%
  • County 19.2%
  • Texas 21.6%

People with gout (%)

  • Houston 2.7%
  • Harris County 2.8%
  • State 3.0%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Houston 2.2%
  • Harris County 2.2%
  • Texas 2.6%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Houston 2.0%
  • Harris County 2.1%
  • Texas 2.6%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Here 1.5%
  • County 1.5%
  • Texas 1.7%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Houston 2.4%
  • Harris County 2.5%
  • Texas 3.0%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Here 2.7%
  • Harris County 2.8%
  • State 3.2%

People with emphysema (%)

  • Houston 1.6%
  • County 1.9%
  • State 2.3%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Here 5.6%
  • Harris County 5.7%
  • Texas 6.4%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Here 2.3%
  • County 2.5%
  • Texas 2.8%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Here 2.8%
  • County 2.9%
  • Texas 3.0%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Houston 5.3%
  • County 5.6%
  • Texas 6.7%

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

Sixty one percent of births in Houston were vaginal deliveries. Thirty nine percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.0 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Fifty eight percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Fifty eight percent of women breastfeed their children. Fifteen percent of women in Houston 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). Seventy percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Six percent of women are currently taking birth control pills. Twenty one percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Eleven 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 (%)

  • Houston 61.3%
  • Harris County 61.6%
  • State 62.8%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Here 38.7%
  • Harris County 38.4%
  • Texas 37.2%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Here 99.0%
  • Harris County 99.1%
  • State 99.2%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Here 58.0%
  • Harris County 58.4%
  • State 59.4%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Here 58.5%
  • County 59.3%
  • State 59.5%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Here 15.3%
  • Harris County 15.6%
  • Texas 17.6%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Houston 7.7%
  • County 7.9%
  • State 9.2%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Here 69.7%
  • Harris County 71.1%
  • Texas 71.7%

Women taking birth control pills (%)

  • Here 6.5%
  • Harris County 6.9%
  • State 6.9%

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

  • Here 20.6%
  • Harris County 20.3%
  • State 19.0%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Houston 11.4%
  • Harris County 12.0%
  • Texas 14.4%

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, 44 percent of Houston residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Eight percent of people living in Houston are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Houston 56.0%
  • Harris County 55.8%
  • State 55.5%

Blood donors (%)

  • Houston 5.1%
  • County 4.9%
  • Texas 4.7%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Here 43.6%
  • Harris County 43.0%
  • Texas 41.2%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Houston 7.6%
  • County 7.7%
  • Texas 7.8%

People in Houston spend $366 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 $87 on food at other stores monthly. This is five percent of their income. They spend $150 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is eight percent of their income. They also spend $27 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 $366
  • County $371
  • Texas $370

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

  • Here 23.5%
  • Harris County 23.6%
  • State 23.7%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Houston $87
  • County $85
  • State $82

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Here 4.6%
  • Harris County 4.5%
  • Texas 4.5%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Houston $150
  • Harris County $149
  • State $146

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Houston 8.3%
  • County 7.9%
  • State 7.7%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Here $27
  • County $28
  • Texas $27

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Houston 1.2%
  • County 1.2%
  • State 1.2%

People living in Houston report their general condition of hearing on average at 82 percent. Eighty 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. Ninety six percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Fifteen percent of Houston population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Thirty five 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. Thirteen percent of people in Houston had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Houston 82.0%
  • Harris County 81.5%
  • Texas 80.4%

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

  • Houston 84.5%
  • Harris County 83.0%
  • State 81.7%

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

  • Houston 96.1%
  • County 95.8%
  • Texas 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Here 15.0%
  • County 16.2%
  • Texas 17.6%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Houston 35.2%
  • Harris County 37.6%
  • Texas 39.9%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 12.8%
  • Harris County 13.6%
  • State 14.1%

Twenty three 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 22.8%
  • County 22.0%
  • Texas 23.8%

Fourteen 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. Nineteen 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. Nine 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 14.0%
  • Harris County 14.8%
  • Texas 16.0%

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

  • Here 18.9%
  • County 19.6%
  • Texas 21.3%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Houston 6.6%
  • County 6.9%
  • State 7.7%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Houston 8.5%
  • County 8.7%
  • State 9.3%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Houston 5.8%
  • Harris County 5.6%
  • State 6.4%
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