Health and Nutrition of Oak Island, NC Residents

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Forty seven percent of Oak Island residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 23 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 one "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 (%)

  • Oak Island 46.8%
  • Brunswick County 48.1%
  • State 48.1%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Here 22.9
  • Brunswick County 21.9
  • North Carolina 20.9

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Oak Island 2.9
  • Brunswick County 3.2
  • State 3.6

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

  • Oak Island 1.8
  • Brunswick County 1.8
  • North Carolina 1.9

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Oak Island 1.4
  • Brunswick County 1.5
  • State 1.8

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Oak Island 3.8
  • Brunswick County 3.4
  • North Carolina 3.7

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

The average Oak Island resident last visited a dentist two years ago (including all types of dentists, such as, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and all other dental specialists, as well as dental hygienists). Twenty 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). Oak Island residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 41 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 18 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Here 2.4
  • Brunswick County 2.2
  • North Carolina 2.1

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Here 19.8%
  • Brunswick County 18.3%
  • North Carolina 17.0%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Oak Island 24.2%
  • Brunswick County 22.7%
  • North Carolina 21.8%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Oak Island 40.8%
  • County 43.0%
  • State 44.6%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Here 2.3
  • Brunswick County 2.5
  • State 2.7

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Here 2.7
  • County 2.8
  • State 3.0

Average number of teeth

  • Oak Island 17.9
  • Brunswick County 20.1
  • State 22.5

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

The average height of Oak Island residents 16 years and older is 67 inches. The average weight is 180 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 29. Thirty nine percent of people living here are obese. Fifty four percent have ever been obese. Thirty one percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Here 66.8
  • County 66.8
  • North Carolina 66.9

Average weight (pounds)

  • Here 180.0
  • County 181.2
  • State 181.5

Average BMI

  • Oak Island 28.9
  • County 28.8
  • North Carolina 28.8

People that are obese (%)

  • Here 38.7%
  • Brunswick County 39.2%
  • North Carolina 38.4%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Here 53.7%
  • Brunswick County 52.1%
  • North Carolina 50.1%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Oak Island 31.2%
  • County 31.6%
  • State 34.0%

Sixty four percent of Oak Island residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Twenty six 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. Four percent have ever used heroin. Fifteen percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Oak Island 64.1%
  • County 65.4%
  • State 64.6%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Oak Island 26.4%
  • Brunswick County 24.5%
  • State 23.5%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Oak Island 24.1%
  • County 21.9%
  • North Carolina 21.2%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Oak Island 3.7%
  • Brunswick County 3.5%
  • North Carolina 3.3%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Here 15.0%
  • Brunswick County 12.9%
  • State 12.5%

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

Fifteen percent of people living in Oak Island have ever been told by a doctor or health professional that they have diabetes. Fifty one percent of people had a blood test for high sugar or diabetes within the past three years. Four percent of city residents are currently taking insulin.

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Oak Island 15.2%
  • Brunswick County 13.5%
  • North Carolina 10.4%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Oak Island 50.8%
  • Brunswick County 49.2%
  • State 46.7%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Oak Island 4.4%
  • Brunswick County 3.9%
  • State 3.3%

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

Oak Island residents 20 years and older on average get up to urinate one time at night (from time they go to bed at night until the time they get up in the morning).

Summary

Avg. # of times urinating at night

  • Here 1.4
  • Brunswick County 1.3
  • North Carolina 1.2

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

Twelve percent of Oak Island 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. Eight 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. Thirty one 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 four percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 11.9%
  • County 11.8%
  • State 11.0%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Oak Island 8.1%
  • Brunswick County 6.8%
  • State 6.1%

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

  • Here 70.3%
  • Brunswick County 68.9%
  • State 66.6%

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

  • Oak Island 30.8%
  • County 27.9%
  • North Carolina 26.3%

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

  • Oak Island 18.2%
  • County 15.9%
  • North Carolina 15.1%

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

  • Oak Island 24.8%
  • Brunswick County 22.9%
  • State 21.1%

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

  • Here 43.7%
  • County 39.8%
  • State 39.5%

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

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

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Oak Island 76.5%
  • Brunswick County 75.2%
  • North Carolina 73.4%

Thirty two percent of people living in Oak Island have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Thirty percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Forty nine percent of people in Oak Island frequently check their blood cholesterol. Thirty two 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 (%)

  • Oak Island 32.2%
  • County 28.8%
  • North Carolina 23.3%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Oak Island 30.0%
  • Brunswick County 27.7%
  • North Carolina 24.8%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 49.1%
  • County 46.7%
  • North Carolina 41.7%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Here 31.9%
  • Brunswick County 25.9%
  • North Carolina 18.9%

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

Twenty eight percent of people living in Oak Island use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Oak Island 27.7%
  • Brunswick County 29.1%
  • North Carolina 30.6%

Twenty eight percent of Oak Island residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Thirty two 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. Thirty percent are bothered by poor appetite or overeating. Twenty three percent often feel badly about themselves, that they are a failure or have let themselves or their families down. Twenty 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 (%)

  • Oak Island 28.5%
  • County 27.4%
  • North Carolina 26.6%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Here 31.7%
  • County 29.0%
  • North Carolina 27.2%

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

  • Oak Island 44.3%
  • County 42.2%
  • State 41.3%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Oak Island 51.9%
  • Brunswick County 51.2%
  • North Carolina 50.8%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Here 30.5%
  • County 29.2%
  • North Carolina 28.8%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Oak Island 23.1%
  • County 22.8%
  • North Carolina 21.2%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Oak Island 19.9%
  • County 18.7%
  • State 18.9%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Oak Island 16.4%
  • County 15.4%
  • North Carolina 14.4%

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

  • Here 5.3%
  • County 4.9%
  • North Carolina 4.4%

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

Oak Island residents on average take three prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Here 3.0
  • Brunswick County 2.6
  • State 2.1

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

Eighty percent of people living in Oak Island have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Eleven percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 4.9 days per month on average. They have 6.4 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 (%)

  • Oak Island 80.0%
  • Brunswick County 79.9%
  • North Carolina 79.4%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Here 10.7%
  • County 10.5%
  • North Carolina 10.8%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Oak Island 4.9
  • Brunswick County 5.0
  • State 4.8

Average drinks/week

  • Here 6.4
  • County 6.3
  • State 5.7

Average days/year people drink much

  • Oak Island 29.0
  • County 28.0
  • State 24.4

Ninety eight percent of Oak Island 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. Eighty five percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Fifty four percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Three percent of males in Oak Island 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. Eighty four percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Thirty eight percent have ever had anal sex. Nine percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Oak Island were 16 years old on average when they had sex for the first time. The average man in his lifetime had any kind of sex with 34 women. He has vaginal sex with 25 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 six women. People in Oak Island were 24 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. Eight percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Oak Island has vaginal or anal sex 53 times a year. Forty seven percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Oak Island 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with 11 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 percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

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

  • Here 98.1%
  • County 97.3%
  • State 97.4%

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

  • Here 95.7%
  • Brunswick County 95.1%
  • North Carolina 94.1%

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

  • Here 85.2%
  • County 85.1%
  • North Carolina 85.3%

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

  • Here 53.5%
  • County 48.6%
  • North Carolina 48.1%

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

  • Oak Island 2.7%
  • Brunswick County 4.7%
  • State 5.5%

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

  • Oak Island 98.0%
  • County 96.9%
  • State 97.2%

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

  • Oak Island 84.2%
  • County 79.1%
  • State 82.5%

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

  • Oak Island 37.5%
  • Brunswick County 35.2%
  • North Carolina 38.4%

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

  • Oak Island 8.8%
  • County 11.3%
  • State 12.9%

Average age people first had sex

  • Here 16.2
  • Brunswick County 16.5
  • State 16.6

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

  • Here 33.5
  • Brunswick County 31.2
  • North Carolina 28.0

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

  • Here 25.1
  • County 23.4
  • State 22.3

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

  • Oak Island 21.5
  • Brunswick County 22.0
  • State 21.6

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

  • Here 5.6
  • County 5.3
  • North Carolina 5.0

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

  • Oak Island 23.7
  • County 21.5
  • State 20.3

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

  • Oak Island 2.7
  • County 5.1
  • North Carolina 4.4

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Here 7.8%
  • Brunswick County 9.3%
  • State 10.6%

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

  • Oak Island 52.5
  • Brunswick County 54.6
  • North Carolina 61.2

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Oak Island 47.5%
  • County 50.3%
  • North Carolina 53.0%

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

  • Oak Island 10.6
  • County 11.9
  • State 11.8

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

  • Here 9.4
  • Brunswick County 10.2
  • North Carolina 10.1

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

  • Here 0.4
  • Brunswick County 0.5
  • State 0.6

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Here 79.7%
  • County 79.7%
  • State 79.2%

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

Twelve percent of households in Oak Island 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 (%)

  • Here 11.9%
  • County 11.7%
  • State 10.7%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Here 5.3%
  • Brunswick County 4.6%
  • North Carolina 4.2%

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

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

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Oak Island 6.8
  • Brunswick County 6.8
  • State 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Here 37.1%
  • Brunswick County 33.0%
  • State 30.3%

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

Fifty four percent of Oak Island residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Here 54.4%
  • County 53.5%
  • North Carolina 54.8%

Twenty four percent of Oak Island 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 six 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. Eight 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 nine 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 0.9 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Oak Island 23.8%
  • Brunswick County 21.6%
  • State 21.4%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 35.8%
  • Brunswick County 34.8%
  • State 36.4%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Here 26.8%
  • County 28.8%
  • North Carolina 31.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 7.9%
  • Brunswick County 13.8%
  • North Carolina 19.4%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 29.1%
  • Brunswick County 36.4%
  • North Carolina 40.6%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Here 5.9
  • County 6.0
  • State 6.1

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Oak Island 3.2
  • Brunswick County 3.1
  • State 2.9

Average hours a day using computer

  • Oak Island 0.9
  • Brunswick County 1.1
  • North Carolina 1.3

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

Twelve percent of Oak Island 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". 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 eight percent are overweight. Twenty four 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. Fifteen percent of people living in Oak Island have ever received a blood transfusion. Twenty three percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Thirty nine percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Five percent have ever been told they had gout. Seven percent have congestive heart failure. Six percent have coronary heart disease. Four percent have angina, also called angina pectoris. Seven percent have ever had a heart attack, also called myocardial infarction. Seven percent have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had a stroke. Nine percent have ever had emphysema. Nine percent have another thyroid problem. Six percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. Five percent of people had any kind of liver condition. Twelve percent have ever had cancer or a malignancy of any kind.

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Here 12.3%
  • County 12.3%
  • North Carolina 11.3%

People with anemia (%)

  • Oak Island 3.8%
  • County 4.0%
  • State 3.9%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Here 5.1%
  • County 4.0%
  • North Carolina 3.5%

People with overweight (%)

  • Oak Island 37.6%
  • County 35.3%
  • State 33.6%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Oak Island 23.9%
  • Brunswick County 25.2%
  • State 21.6%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Here 15.0%
  • Brunswick County 13.8%
  • North Carolina 11.7%

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

  • Oak Island 23.4%
  • Brunswick County 21.9%
  • North Carolina 19.6%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Here 38.8%
  • County 31.6%
  • North Carolina 25.1%

People with gout (%)

  • Oak Island 5.0%
  • Brunswick County 4.7%
  • State 3.8%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Here 7.3%
  • Brunswick County 5.1%
  • State 3.6%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Oak Island 5.5%
  • County 4.3%
  • State 3.0%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Oak Island 3.6%
  • Brunswick County 2.9%
  • North Carolina 2.1%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Here 6.8%
  • Brunswick County 5.3%
  • North Carolina 3.7%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Here 6.8%
  • Brunswick County 5.7%
  • State 4.0%

People with emphysema (%)

  • Oak Island 8.9%
  • County 5.7%
  • State 3.4%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Here 9.2%
  • County 7.9%
  • North Carolina 6.9%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Oak Island 6.2%
  • Brunswick County 5.1%
  • North Carolina 3.9%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Oak Island 5.2%
  • Brunswick County 4.4%
  • State 3.3%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Here 11.6%
  • County 10.3%
  • North Carolina 8.1%

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

Seventy percent of births in Oak Island were vaginal deliveries. Thirty percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.4 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Sixty two percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Forty seven percent of women breastfeed their children. Thirty percent of women in Oak Island have ever had a hysterectomy, including a partial hysterectomy (that is, surgery to remove their uterus or womb). Seventeen percent had both of their ovaries removed (either when they had their uterus removed or at another time). Seventy five percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Six percent of women are currently taking birth control pills. Twelve percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Twenty five 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 70.0%
  • County 68.3%
  • State 65.2%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Here 30.0%
  • Brunswick County 31.7%
  • State 34.8%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Here 99.4%
  • County 99.3%
  • State 99.2%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Here 61.8%
  • County 61.3%
  • State 60.1%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Here 46.8%
  • County 46.2%
  • State 51.5%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Oak Island 29.5%
  • Brunswick County 26.0%
  • State 21.9%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Here 16.8%
  • Brunswick County 14.3%
  • North Carolina 11.4%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Oak Island 74.6%
  • Brunswick County 73.5%
  • State 73.8%

Women taking birth control pills (%)

  • Oak Island 6.1%
  • County 6.0%
  • North Carolina 7.3%

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

  • Oak Island 11.5%
  • Brunswick County 13.3%
  • State 17.7%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Here 25.3%
  • County 19.6%
  • State 16.6%

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

People living in Oak Island report their general health condition on average at 50 percent. Three percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 35 percent of Oak Island residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Seven percent of people living in Oak Island are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Here 49.8%
  • County 52.5%
  • State 54.9%

Blood donors (%)

  • Oak Island 3.1%
  • Brunswick County 3.7%
  • North Carolina 4.2%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Oak Island 34.9%
  • Brunswick County 38.9%
  • State 42.3%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Here 7.5%
  • County 7.9%
  • State 8.4%

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

People in Oak Island spend $351 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 Oak Island spends $58 on food at other stores monthly. This is three percent of their income. They spend $117 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is five percent of their income. They also spend $19 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is one percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Here $351
  • County $351
  • State $358

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

  • Oak Island 23.9%
  • Brunswick County 24.8%
  • North Carolina 25.4%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Oak Island $58
  • Brunswick County $63
  • State $71

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Oak Island 3.3%
  • Brunswick County 3.7%
  • North Carolina 4.3%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Oak Island $117
  • Brunswick County $122
  • State $133

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Here 5.2%
  • County 5.8%
  • State 6.7%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Here $19
  • County $21
  • State $24

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Oak Island 0.9%
  • County 1.1%
  • North Carolina 1.3%

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

People living in Oak Island report their general condition of hearing on average at 73 percent. Sixty seven percent of them can usually hear and understand, without the use of a hearing aid or any other listening devices, what a person says without seeing his or her face if that person whispers to them from across a quiet room. Ninety two percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Twenty six percent of Oak Island population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Fifty 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 Oak Island had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Here 72.9%
  • Brunswick County 76.0%
  • State 79.3%

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

  • Here 67.1%
  • County 73.4%
  • State 78.6%

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

  • Here 92.1%
  • Brunswick County 93.1%
  • State 95.0%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Oak Island 25.8%
  • Brunswick County 23.6%
  • State 19.8%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 50.4%
  • Brunswick County 45.6%
  • State 42.8%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 16.1%
  • Brunswick County 15.4%
  • North Carolina 15.7%

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

Thirty percent of Oak Island 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 (%)

  • Oak Island 30.0%
  • County 28.5%
  • State 25.8%

Twenty nine percent of Oak Island 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. Thirty seven percent are limited in the kind or amount of work they can do because of physical, mental or emotional problems. Thirteen percent have difficulty walking without using any special equipment. Fourteen percent are limited in any way because of difficulty remembering or because they experience periods of confusion. Eleven 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 (%)

  • Oak Island 29.4%
  • County 25.3%
  • North Carolina 19.3%

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

  • Oak Island 36.7%
  • Brunswick County 31.3%
  • State 25.2%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Oak Island 12.7%
  • County 11.7%
  • State 9.6%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Here 13.6%
  • Brunswick County 12.3%
  • State 10.2%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Here 10.5%
  • Brunswick County 10.2%
  • North Carolina 8.1%

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

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