Health and Nutrition of Ruby, AK Residents

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Forty nine percent of Ruby residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 15 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 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 (%)

  • Here 49.0%
  • County 46.6%
  • State 49.9%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Ruby 15.3
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 17.7
  • Alaska 19.7

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Ruby 3.3
  • County 3.6
  • Alaska 3.9

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

  • Here 1.6
  • County 1.7
  • Alaska 1.8

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Here 2.1
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 2.1
  • Alaska 2.0

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Ruby 3.3
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 3.6
  • State 3.6

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

The average Ruby 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 three percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Fourteen percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Ruby 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 22 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Ruby 2.1
  • County 2.1
  • State 1.8

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Ruby 22.8%
  • County 21.9%
  • State 15.9%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Here 13.6%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 19.8%
  • Alaska 20.8%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Here 43.9%
  • County 43.4%
  • Alaska 48.3%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Here 2.5
  • County 2.5
  • Alaska 3.0

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Here 3.3
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 3.0
  • State 2.8

Average number of teeth

  • Here 22.0
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 22.6
  • State 24.4

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

The average height of Ruby residents 16 years and older is 66 inches. The average weight is 174 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 29. Thirty nine percent of people living here are obese. Fifty one percent have ever been obese. Thirty eight percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Here 66.1
  • County 66.7
  • State 67.1

Average weight (pounds)

  • Ruby 174.1
  • County 179.0
  • State 180.9

Average BMI

  • Here 29.4
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 29.4
  • State 28.7

People that are obese (%)

  • Here 38.7%
  • County 39.6%
  • State 36.8%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Here 50.9%
  • County 53.2%
  • Alaska 48.3%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Here 37.7%
  • County 35.5%
  • State 37.9%

Sixty six percent of Ruby residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Thirty percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Twenty nine percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. One percent have ever used heroin. Twenty four percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Ruby 66.1%
  • County 69.0%
  • State 64.1%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Ruby 30.3%
  • County 29.9%
  • Alaska 25.2%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Here 29.1%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 28.4%
  • Alaska 23.5%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Here 1.1%
  • County 1.9%
  • Alaska 2.5%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Here 23.9%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 20.4%
  • State 14.5%

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

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

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Ruby 12.1%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 12.7%
  • Alaska 8.5%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Here 50.3%
  • County 45.7%
  • Alaska 45.1%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Here 2.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 1.9%
  • Alaska 2.5%

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

Ruby 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 1.2
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 1.2
  • State 1.0

Eight percent of Ruby 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. Fifty seven percent of people above the age of 40 have ever had wisdom teeth removed. Seventeen percent have ever had their tonsils removed. Twelve percent have lost consciousness because of a head injury. Twelve percent have ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull. Thirty nine percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 7.8%
  • County 11.4%
  • Alaska 11.1%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Here 3.9%
  • County 4.2%
  • State 4.3%

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

  • Ruby 56.8%
  • County 60.6%
  • State 65.4%

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

  • Ruby 16.6%
  • County 20.1%
  • State 26.2%

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

  • Here 12.4%
  • County 15.1%
  • Alaska 17.0%

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

  • Ruby 12.1%
  • County 19.1%
  • Alaska 22.3%

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

  • Ruby 39.2%
  • County 38.8%
  • State 42.6%

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

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

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Ruby 70.9%
  • County 69.3%
  • State 73.6%

Seventeen percent of people living in Ruby have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Twenty three percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Thirty six percent of people in Ruby frequently check their blood cholesterol. Twenty three 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 (%)

  • Ruby 16.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 17.4%
  • State 16.7%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Here 22.6%
  • County 22.8%
  • Alaska 21.3%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 36.4%
  • County 36.3%
  • State 38.1%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Here 22.6%
  • County 19.9%
  • State 15.1%

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

Twenty five percent of people living in Ruby use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Here 24.6%
  • County 29.0%
  • Alaska 38.8%

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

Thirty four percent of Ruby residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Thirty seven percent often feel down, depressed, or hopeless. Forty nine percent of people living here have trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleep too much. Sixty five percent of people often feel tired or have little energy. Forty two percent are bothered by poor appetite or overeating. Twenty nine percent often feel badly about themselves, that they are a failure or have let themselves or their families down. Twenty eight percent have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV. Thirty four 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. Nine 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 34.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 31.3%
  • Alaska 26.3%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Ruby 36.6%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 34.1%
  • Alaska 27.3%

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

  • Ruby 49.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 46.6%
  • State 43.0%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 65.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 58.0%
  • Alaska 53.2%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Ruby 42.3%
  • County 35.6%
  • Alaska 27.8%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Here 28.9%
  • County 24.4%
  • Alaska 21.6%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Ruby 28.4%
  • County 25.4%
  • Alaska 20.5%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Ruby 34.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 24.8%
  • State 14.6%

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

  • Here 9.0%
  • County 5.8%
  • Alaska 4.2%

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

Ruby residents on average take two prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Here 1.7
  • County 1.8
  • State 1.7

Eighty four percent of people living in Ruby have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Nine percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 3.7 days per month on average. They have 7.4 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 28 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Here 84.2%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 82.0%
  • Alaska 82.2%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Here 8.9%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 10.8%
  • Alaska 10.0%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Ruby 3.7
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 4.2
  • State 5.1

Average drinks/week

  • Ruby 7.4
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 7.5
  • State 6.1

Average days/year people drink much

  • Here 27.7
  • County 27.3
  • Alaska 24.4

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

Hundred percent of Ruby residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Ninety eight percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Seventy six percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Thirty six percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Five percent of males in Ruby 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. Ninety three percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Thirty three percent have ever had anal sex. Twenty percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Ruby 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 37 women. He has vaginal sex with 28 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 five women. People in Ruby were 18 years old on average when they first performed oral sex on a man. They performed oral sex on average on one men in their lifetime. Twenty percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Ruby has vaginal or anal sex 68 times a year. Thirty three percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Ruby 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 0.5 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Sixty five percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

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

  • Ruby 99.5%
  • County 98.9%
  • Alaska 97.2%

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

  • Ruby 97.9%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 96.6%
  • State 94.5%

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

  • Here 75.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 83.9%
  • Alaska 86.9%

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

  • Here 36.2%
  • County 46.0%
  • Alaska 48.0%

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

  • Ruby 5.2%
  • County 4.4%
  • State 6.1%

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

  • Here 99.0%
  • County 98.7%
  • State 97.1%

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

  • Here 92.6%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 88.5%
  • Alaska 88.3%

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

  • Here 32.6%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 35.4%
  • Alaska 39.4%

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

  • Ruby 20.4%
  • County 14.9%
  • Alaska 12.0%

Average age people first had sex

  • Here 16.0
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 16.1
  • Alaska 16.9

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

  • Here 36.6
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 34.1
  • State 26.3

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

  • Ruby 27.8
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 26.0
  • State 21.6

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

  • Ruby 21.2
  • County 20.7
  • Alaska 21.3

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

  • Ruby 5.0
  • County 6.2
  • State 5.7

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

  • Ruby 17.9
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 19.8
  • State 18.8

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

  • Ruby 1.3
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 2.2
  • Alaska 3.7

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Ruby 19.9%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 13.9%
  • Alaska 8.7%

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

  • Ruby 68.5
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 65.0
  • Alaska 64.3

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Ruby 32.7%
  • County 44.4%
  • Alaska 55.7%

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

  • Here 9.6
  • County 9.2
  • State 9.8

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

  • Ruby 8.5
  • County 8.1
  • Alaska 9.0

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

  • Here 0.5
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 0.4
  • State 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Here 65.1%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 74.4%
  • Alaska 81.4%

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

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

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • Here 11.1%
  • County 11.4%
  • Alaska 9.6%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Ruby 8.5%
  • County 5.4%
  • Alaska 4.5%

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

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

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Ruby 6.6
  • County 6.7
  • State 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Here 30.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 31.4%
  • Alaska 30.9%

Fifty eight percent of Ruby residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Ruby 57.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 55.4%
  • Alaska 51.0%

Eighteen percent of Ruby 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 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. Forty two 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 three 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 (%)

  • Ruby 18.4%
  • County 21.0%
  • State 22.6%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Ruby 34.2%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 36.8%
  • State 40.0%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Here 42.3%
  • County 35.6%
  • Alaska 32.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Ruby 18.5%
  • County 21.0%
  • State 24.6%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Ruby 43.4%
  • County 43.0%
  • State 48.0%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Ruby 5.6
  • County 5.6
  • Alaska 6.1

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Here 2.6
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 2.6
  • State 2.5

Average hours a day using computer

  • Here 1.4
  • County 1.4
  • State 1.4

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

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

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Here 9.9%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 10.6%
  • State 9.5%

People with anemia (%)

  • Ruby 2.8%
  • County 2.8%
  • Alaska 2.7%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Here 1.5%
  • County 2.6%
  • Alaska 3.7%

People with overweight (%)

  • Ruby 35.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 36.4%
  • State 33.9%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Ruby 11.4%
  • County 17.5%
  • State 15.9%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Here 8.7%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 10.1%
  • State 8.6%

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

  • Ruby 31.3%
  • County 26.9%
  • State 18.2%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Here 22.7%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 24.6%
  • Alaska 20.8%

People with gout (%)

  • Here 2.1%
  • County 2.3%
  • Alaska 3.1%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Here 3.6%
  • County 2.8%
  • Alaska 2.0%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Ruby 5.2%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 4.3%
  • Alaska 2.4%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Ruby 0.6%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 1.1%
  • State 1.4%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Here 6.6%
  • County 4.8%
  • Alaska 2.7%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Ruby 3.2%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 3.5%
  • Alaska 2.4%

People with emphysema (%)

  • Here 1.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 2.4%
  • State 1.7%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Ruby 6.1%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 5.8%
  • Alaska 6.5%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Ruby 2.7%
  • County 2.7%
  • Alaska 2.8%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Ruby 0.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 2.4%
  • Alaska 2.2%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Here 5.5%
  • County 5.1%
  • Alaska 6.5%

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

Seventy five percent of births in Ruby were vaginal deliveries. Twenty five percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.9 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Fifty five percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Fifty four percent of women breastfeed their children. Seven percent of women in Ruby have ever had a hysterectomy, including a partial hysterectomy (that is, surgery to remove their uterus or womb). Four percent had both of their ovaries removed (either when they had their uterus removed or at another time). Sixty three percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Twenty four percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. 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 (%)

  • Ruby 75.0%
  • County 70.5%
  • State 62.4%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Ruby 25.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 29.5%
  • Alaska 37.6%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Ruby 99.9%
  • County 99.7%
  • State 99.4%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Here 55.1%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 56.5%
  • State 56.8%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Here 54.2%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 61.0%
  • State 62.8%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Ruby 6.8%
  • County 13.9%
  • State 16.6%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Ruby 4.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 7.3%
  • Alaska 8.8%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Ruby 62.9%
  • County 70.1%
  • State 77.2%

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

  • Ruby 23.7%
  • County 21.7%
  • Alaska 19.1%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Ruby 5.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 11.9%
  • State 14.6%

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

People living in Ruby 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 Ruby residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Six percent of people living in Ruby are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Ruby 50.4%
  • County 52.9%
  • State 57.7%

Blood donors (%)

  • Ruby 3.0%
  • County 4.0%
  • Alaska 5.5%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Ruby 34.9%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 36.9%
  • Alaska 41.2%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Ruby 5.6%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 6.4%
  • State 8.4%

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

People in Ruby spend $385 per month on average on food for their families at supermarkets or grocery stores. This is 21 percent of their income. The average family in Ruby spends $118 on food at other stores monthly. This is five percent of their income. They spend $108 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is six percent of their income. They also spend $45 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 $385
  • County $376
  • Alaska $369

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

  • Ruby 20.9%
  • County 24.2%
  • State 22.1%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Ruby $118
  • County $96
  • State $84

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Here 5.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 4.7%
  • Alaska 4.6%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Here $108
  • County $118
  • State $152

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Here 6.3%
  • County 6.9%
  • State 7.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Ruby $45
  • County $65
  • State $36

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Ruby 1.1%
  • County 1.2%
  • Alaska 1.4%

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

People living in Ruby report their general condition of hearing on average at 80 percent. Eighty three 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 seven percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Twenty six percent of Ruby population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Fifty 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. Seventeen percent of people in Ruby had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Ruby 80.3%
  • County 79.6%
  • State 80.9%

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

  • Here 83.2%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 80.8%
  • State 81.0%

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

  • Ruby 96.9%
  • County 94.9%
  • State 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Ruby 26.3%
  • County 25.5%
  • Alaska 19.4%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 55.3%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 52.4%
  • Alaska 43.9%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Ruby 17.0%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 16.6%
  • Alaska 16.2%

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Thirty six percent of Ruby 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 35.7%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 29.5%
  • Alaska 22.5%

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Twenty one percent of Ruby 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 seven percent are limited in the kind or amount of work they can do because of physical, mental or emotional problems. Ten percent have difficulty walking without using any special equipment. Thirteen 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 (%)

  • Ruby 20.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 20.2%
  • Alaska 15.0%

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

  • Here 26.9%
  • County 25.4%
  • State 20.4%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Ruby 9.5%
  • County 8.0%
  • State 6.4%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Ruby 12.7%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 12.3%
  • Alaska 8.1%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Here 5.8%
  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 5.5%
  • State 4.9%

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