Health and Nutrition of Silver Spring, MD Residents

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Forty nine percent of Silver Spring 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 (%)

  • Silver Spring 49.4%
  • County 51.4%
  • State 49.9%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Here 18.9
  • County 20.0
  • Maryland 20.3

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Here 3.9
  • Montgomery County 3.7
  • State 3.7

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

  • Here 1.9
  • Montgomery County 1.7
  • Maryland 1.9

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Here 2.2
  • Montgomery County 1.9
  • Maryland 1.8

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Here 3.3
  • County 3.2
  • Maryland 3.3

The average Silver Spring 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). Fourteen percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Nineteen percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Silver Spring residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 49 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

  • Silver Spring 1.8
  • Montgomery County 1.8
  • State 1.9

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Silver Spring 14.4%
  • Montgomery County 13.9%
  • State 15.2%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Here 19.4%
  • Montgomery County 20.0%
  • State 20.7%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Silver Spring 49.1%
  • Montgomery County 49.6%
  • State 47.3%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Silver Spring 3.0
  • Montgomery County 3.0
  • Maryland 2.9

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Here 3.2
  • Montgomery County 2.9
  • State 3.1

Average number of teeth

  • Here 24.5
  • Montgomery County 23.7
  • State 23.2

The average height of Silver Spring residents 16 years and older is 67 inches. The average weight is 177 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 28. Thirty six percent of people living here are obese. Forty six percent have ever been obese. Thirty seven percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Here 66.6
  • Montgomery County 66.6
  • State 66.8

Average weight (pounds)

  • Silver Spring 177.2
  • Montgomery County 176.3
  • State 181.1

Average BMI

  • Silver Spring 28.3
  • Montgomery County 28.2
  • State 28.8

People that are obese (%)

  • Here 35.7%
  • County 34.8%
  • State 38.0%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Here 45.9%
  • Montgomery County 45.2%
  • State 49.1%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Silver Spring 37.0%
  • Montgomery County 36.5%
  • State 35.7%

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

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Here 60.0%
  • Montgomery County 58.7%
  • State 61.5%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Here 19.3%
  • Montgomery County 20.1%
  • Maryland 21.0%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Here 17.7%
  • County 18.4%
  • State 19.1%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Here 2.0%
  • County 2.3%
  • Maryland 2.9%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Here 10.1%
  • Montgomery County 10.5%
  • State 10.3%

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

Nine percent of people living in Silver Spring have ever been told by a doctor or health professional that they have diabetes. Forty seven 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 (%)

  • Silver Spring 8.8%
  • County 9.5%
  • State 10.2%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Here 46.5%
  • Montgomery County 47.9%
  • State 48.1%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Here 2.8%
  • County 2.9%
  • Maryland 3.3%

Silver Spring 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

  • Silver Spring 1.1
  • County 1.1
  • State 1.2

Ten percent of Silver Spring 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. Twelve 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 five percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 10.3%
  • County 10.8%
  • Maryland 10.4%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Here 4.9%
  • County 5.1%
  • State 5.6%

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

  • Here 61.8%
  • County 65.0%
  • State 64.8%

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

  • Here 22.3%
  • County 25.8%
  • State 25.3%

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

  • Here 12.4%
  • Montgomery County 14.0%
  • Maryland 14.1%

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

  • Here 17.1%
  • County 18.9%
  • Maryland 19.4%

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

  • Silver Spring 35.1%
  • Montgomery County 37.9%
  • Maryland 38.3%

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

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Silver Spring 76.5%
  • Montgomery County 77.6%
  • Maryland 76.0%

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

  • Here 18.3%
  • County 20.9%
  • State 23.3%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Here 21.0%
  • County 23.4%
  • State 24.6%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 40.6%
  • Montgomery County 43.9%
  • Maryland 44.1%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Here 14.3%
  • County 17.5%
  • Maryland 18.5%

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

Thirty two percent of people living in Silver Spring use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Here 32.4%
  • Montgomery County 36.7%
  • State 32.4%

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

  • Silver Spring 25.0%
  • Montgomery County 24.9%
  • State 25.5%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Silver Spring 25.4%
  • Montgomery County 25.4%
  • Maryland 26.0%

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

  • Silver Spring 39.8%
  • Montgomery County 39.7%
  • State 40.0%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Silver Spring 50.2%
  • Montgomery County 50.2%
  • State 50.0%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Here 27.7%
  • Montgomery County 25.9%
  • Maryland 27.3%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Here 19.2%
  • Montgomery County 19.7%
  • Maryland 20.2%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Silver Spring 18.3%
  • Montgomery County 18.2%
  • State 18.0%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Here 12.9%
  • County 12.2%
  • State 12.9%

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

  • Silver Spring 3.9%
  • Montgomery County 4.0%
  • Maryland 4.1%

Silver Spring residents on average take two prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Silver Spring 1.6
  • Montgomery County 1.9
  • Maryland 2.0

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

Seventy eight percent of people living in Silver Spring 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 4.7 days per month on average. They have 5.1 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 19 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Silver Spring 78.3%
  • County 78.1%
  • State 78.5%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Silver Spring 10.9%
  • County 11.5%
  • State 11.2%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Silver Spring 4.7
  • Montgomery County 4.9
  • State 4.9

Average drinks/week

  • Silver Spring 5.1
  • County 5.1
  • State 5.4

Average days/year people drink much

  • Silver Spring 18.9
  • County 19.4
  • Maryland 22.0

Ninety seven percent of Silver Spring 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 three percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Forty seven percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Eight percent of males in Silver Spring have ever had any kind of sex with a man, including oral or anal. Ninety six percent of females have ever had vaginal sex with a man. Eighty two percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Thirty eight percent have ever had anal sex. Thirteen percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Silver Spring 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 24 women. He has vaginal sex with 20 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 four women. Males in their lifetime have anal or oral sex with 1.6 men on average. They have had 0.8 anal sex partners in their lifetime. People in Silver Spring 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. Ten percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Silver Spring has vaginal or anal sex 60 times a year. Fifty percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Silver Spring 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with 10 men on average. They have had nine male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.5 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Seventy one percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

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

  • Silver Spring 97.2%
  • Montgomery County 96.8%
  • State 97.2%

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

  • Silver Spring 92.1%
  • Montgomery County 93.4%
  • State 94.4%

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

  • Here 83.0%
  • Montgomery County 84.3%
  • Maryland 84.9%

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

  • Silver Spring 47.3%
  • Montgomery County 45.1%
  • Maryland 46.1%

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

  • Here 8.0%
  • Montgomery County 6.7%
  • Maryland 5.7%

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

  • Here 96.2%
  • County 96.3%
  • Maryland 96.8%

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

  • Silver Spring 82.3%
  • Montgomery County 82.9%
  • State 81.7%

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

  • Here 37.8%
  • County 37.0%
  • State 37.0%

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

  • Here 12.9%
  • County 10.9%
  • State 12.0%

Average age people first had sex

  • Here 17.1
  • County 17.5
  • State 16.9

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

  • Silver Spring 23.8
  • Montgomery County 23.7
  • Maryland 27.4

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

  • Silver Spring 20.0
  • Montgomery County 19.3
  • Maryland 22.0

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

  • Silver Spring 22.3
  • County 22.5
  • State 22.4

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

  • Here 4.2
  • County 4.4
  • Maryland 4.6

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

  • Silver Spring 1.6
  • County 2.3
  • State 2.0

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

  • Silver Spring 0.8
  • County 1.2
  • Maryland 1.1

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

  • Silver Spring 19.8
  • County 20.1
  • State 20.1

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

  • Here 3.2
  • County 4.1
  • Maryland 4.1

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Here 10.1%
  • Montgomery County 8.4%
  • Maryland 10.3%

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

  • Silver Spring 60.3
  • County 57.2
  • State 57.5

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Here 50.3%
  • Montgomery County 52.4%
  • State 52.5%

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

  • Here 10.2
  • County 10.0
  • State 11.1

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

  • Silver Spring 8.8
  • County 8.8
  • Maryland 9.5

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

  • Here 0.5
  • Montgomery County 0.5
  • State 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Silver Spring 70.7%
  • County 74.8%
  • Maryland 78.6%

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

Ten percent of households in Silver Spring 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 10.4%
  • Montgomery County 10.0%
  • State 10.9%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Silver Spring 4.3%
  • County 4.6%
  • Maryland 4.2%

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

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Here 6.7
  • County 6.8
  • Maryland 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Here 26.3%
  • Montgomery County 28.4%
  • Maryland 29.1%

Forty nine percent of Silver Spring residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Silver Spring 49.1%
  • County 46.2%
  • State 51.3%

Seventeen percent of Silver Spring 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 three percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Twenty six 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 1.5 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Silver Spring 16.9%
  • County 17.8%
  • Maryland 19.5%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Silver Spring 31.7%
  • Montgomery County 33.2%
  • Maryland 35.1%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Here 33.2%
  • Montgomery County 31.1%
  • State 31.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Silver Spring 26.3%
  • County 23.8%
  • State 22.3%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Silver Spring 44.6%
  • Montgomery County 45.2%
  • Maryland 42.9%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Here 6.3
  • Montgomery County 6.3
  • State 6.2

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Here 2.6
  • Montgomery County 2.6
  • Maryland 2.8

Average hours a day using computer

  • Silver Spring 1.5
  • Montgomery County 1.4
  • State 1.3

Nine percent of Silver Spring 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. Eighteen 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 Silver Spring have ever received a blood transfusion. Eighteen percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Nineteen 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. Six percent have ever had cancer or a malignancy of any kind.

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Silver Spring 9.2%
  • County 9.5%
  • Maryland 10.4%

People with anemia (%)

  • Silver Spring 3.9%
  • Montgomery County 3.5%
  • Maryland 4.0%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Here 2.9%
  • Montgomery County 3.5%
  • State 3.4%

People with overweight (%)

  • Here 32.3%
  • Montgomery County 32.9%
  • State 34.1%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Silver Spring 17.7%
  • County 18.2%
  • Maryland 18.9%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Silver Spring 9.5%
  • County 10.5%
  • Maryland 11.2%

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

  • Here 18.1%
  • Montgomery County 17.9%
  • Maryland 18.5%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Silver Spring 18.6%
  • County 22.1%
  • Maryland 23.7%

People with gout (%)

  • Silver Spring 3.0%
  • Montgomery County 3.6%
  • Maryland 3.8%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Silver Spring 2.2%
  • County 2.6%
  • Maryland 3.1%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Here 2.1%
  • County 2.7%
  • Maryland 2.8%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Here 1.5%
  • County 1.9%
  • State 2.0%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Here 2.3%
  • County 3.0%
  • Maryland 3.3%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Silver Spring 2.7%
  • County 3.2%
  • State 3.6%

People with emphysema (%)

  • Silver Spring 1.6%
  • Montgomery County 2.3%
  • Maryland 2.8%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Here 6.0%
  • County 7.1%
  • Maryland 6.8%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Here 2.4%
  • Montgomery County 2.9%
  • State 3.4%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Silver Spring 2.6%
  • Montgomery County 2.7%
  • Maryland 2.8%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Silver Spring 5.9%
  • County 7.9%
  • Maryland 8.0%

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

Sixty percent of births in Silver Spring were vaginal deliveries. Forty percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.1 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Fifty seven percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Fifty eight percent of women breastfeed their children. Sixteen percent of women in Silver Spring 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. Eight percent of women are currently taking birth control pills. Nineteen percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Twelve 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 60.3%
  • County 61.6%
  • Maryland 62.7%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Here 39.7%
  • Montgomery County 38.4%
  • Maryland 37.3%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Silver Spring 99.1%
  • County 99.2%
  • Maryland 99.2%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Silver Spring 57.0%
  • County 57.9%
  • State 58.5%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Here 58.0%
  • Montgomery County 59.7%
  • Maryland 53.8%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Here 15.8%
  • County 18.8%
  • State 20.7%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Silver Spring 8.0%
  • Montgomery County 10.1%
  • State 10.7%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Here 70.3%
  • Montgomery County 71.5%
  • State 74.2%

Women taking birth control pills (%)

  • Silver Spring 7.6%
  • Montgomery County 7.8%
  • State 7.8%

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

  • Here 18.7%
  • County 15.4%
  • State 16.9%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Silver Spring 11.8%
  • County 15.4%
  • State 15.8%

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

People living in Silver Spring report their general health condition on average at 57 percent. Five percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 45 percent of Silver Spring residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Eight percent of people living in Silver Spring are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Here 57.3%
  • County 57.6%
  • Maryland 56.2%

Blood donors (%)

  • Silver Spring 5.3%
  • County 4.8%
  • Maryland 4.5%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Here 44.9%
  • Montgomery County 41.4%
  • State 44.1%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Silver Spring 8.0%
  • Montgomery County 8.2%
  • State 8.7%

People in Silver Spring spend $365 per month on average on food for their families at supermarkets or grocery stores. This is 22 percent of their income. The average family in Silver Spring spends $87 on food at other stores monthly. This is four percent of their income. They spend $155 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is eight percent of their income. They also spend $28 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is one percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Silver Spring $365
  • County $371
  • State $361

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

  • Silver Spring 22.4%
  • County 21.3%
  • Maryland 23.4%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Here $87
  • Montgomery County $81
  • State $76

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Here 4.4%
  • County 4.0%
  • State 4.2%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Here $155
  • Montgomery County $159
  • State $144

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Here 7.8%
  • County 6.9%
  • State 6.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Silver Spring $28
  • Montgomery County $27
  • Maryland $26

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Here 1.2%
  • Montgomery County 1.1%
  • Maryland 1.2%

People living in Silver Spring report their general condition of hearing on average at 82 percent. Eighty five 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 Silver Spring population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Thirty three 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 Silver Spring had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Here 82.5%
  • County 80.9%
  • State 80.5%

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

  • Silver Spring 85.1%
  • County 82.3%
  • Maryland 81.0%

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

  • Here 96.3%
  • Montgomery County 95.7%
  • Maryland 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Silver Spring 14.9%
  • County 17.1%
  • Maryland 18.1%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Silver Spring 33.1%
  • Montgomery County 35.1%
  • Maryland 38.7%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 12.8%
  • Montgomery County 13.0%
  • Maryland 14.7%

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

Twenty two percent of Silver Spring 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 22.4%
  • Montgomery County 23.8%
  • State 24.9%

Fourteen percent of Silver Spring 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. Eight 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 (%)

  • Here 13.6%
  • Montgomery County 15.2%
  • Maryland 17.1%

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

  • Silver Spring 18.6%
  • Montgomery County 20.6%
  • State 22.7%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Here 6.6%
  • Montgomery County 7.6%
  • Maryland 8.7%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Here 7.8%
  • County 8.3%
  • Maryland 9.0%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Silver Spring 5.8%
  • County 6.6%
  • Maryland 7.5%

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

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