Health and Nutrition of Soldotna, AK Residents

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Forty eight percent of Soldotna residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 22 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 four frozen meals or frozen pizzas on average monthly.

Summary

Diet health (%)

  • Soldotna 47.7%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 49.1%
  • Alaska 49.9%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Soldotna 22.3
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 20.6
  • State 19.7

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Here 3.5
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 3.5
  • State 3.9

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

  • Here 1.9
  • County 1.8
  • Alaska 1.8

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Soldotna 1.8
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 1.9
  • State 2.0

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Soldotna 4.1
  • County 3.6
  • State 3.6

The average Soldotna resident last visited a dentist two years ago (including all types of dentists, such as, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and all other dental specialists, as well as dental hygienists). Nineteen percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Twenty two percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Soldotna 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

  • Soldotna 2.1
  • County 1.9
  • Alaska 1.8

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Here 18.8%
  • County 15.4%
  • Alaska 15.9%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Soldotna 22.1%
  • County 22.9%
  • Alaska 20.8%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Soldotna 43.6%
  • County 46.6%
  • Alaska 48.3%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Here 2.6
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 2.9
  • Alaska 3.0

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Here 2.7
  • County 2.8
  • State 2.8

Average number of teeth

  • Here 21.6
  • County 23.5
  • Alaska 24.4

The average height of Soldotna residents 16 years and older is 67 inches. The average weight is 178 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 29. Thirty seven percent of people living here are obese. Fifty percent have ever been obese. Thirty three percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Soldotna 66.8
  • County 67.2
  • State 67.1

Average weight (pounds)

  • Soldotna 178.3
  • County 184.1
  • Alaska 180.9

Average BMI

  • Here 28.5
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 29.1
  • Alaska 28.7

People that are obese (%)

  • Here 37.3%
  • County 38.1%
  • State 36.8%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Soldotna 49.6%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 51.2%
  • Alaska 48.3%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Soldotna 32.7%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 37.2%
  • State 37.9%

Sixty seven percent of Soldotna residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Twenty seven 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. Three percent have ever used heroin. Sixteen percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Soldotna 66.7%
  • County 65.7%
  • State 64.1%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Here 27.0%
  • County 27.0%
  • State 25.2%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Here 24.3%
  • County 25.4%
  • State 23.5%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Soldotna 3.4%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 3.0%
  • State 2.5%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Here 16.4%
  • County 15.6%
  • Alaska 14.5%

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

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

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Soldotna 10.0%
  • County 8.9%
  • Alaska 8.5%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Soldotna 46.1%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 46.3%
  • State 45.1%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Soldotna 2.8%
  • County 3.0%
  • State 2.5%

Soldotna 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

  • Soldotna 1.2
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 1.0
  • State 1.0

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

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

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 11.5%
  • County 12.1%
  • Alaska 11.1%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Soldotna 6.5%
  • County 4.9%
  • Alaska 4.3%

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

  • Here 68.6%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 68.2%
  • State 65.4%

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

  • Soldotna 27.7%
  • County 27.9%
  • Alaska 26.2%

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

  • Soldotna 17.5%
  • County 19.0%
  • Alaska 17.0%

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

  • Here 24.0%
  • County 24.8%
  • Alaska 22.3%

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

  • Soldotna 43.2%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 42.3%
  • State 42.6%

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

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

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Here 72.3%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 73.5%
  • State 73.6%

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

  • Soldotna 23.1%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 19.5%
  • State 16.7%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Here 25.7%
  • County 24.3%
  • State 21.3%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 38.9%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 42.0%
  • Alaska 38.1%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Soldotna 20.0%
  • County 17.2%
  • Alaska 15.1%

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

Thirty four percent of people living in Soldotna use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Soldotna 34.4%
  • County 39.9%
  • Alaska 38.8%

Twenty eight percent of Soldotna residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Twenty eight 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 three 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 one percent have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV. Fifteen percent of people living here move or speak so slowly that other people could have noticed, or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that they have been moving around a lot more than usual. Four percent have thoughts that they would be better off dead or of hurting themselves in some way.

Summary

People who have little interest in doing things (%)

  • Soldotna 27.6%
  • County 27.9%
  • Alaska 26.3%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Here 28.2%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 28.8%
  • State 27.3%

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

  • Soldotna 43.6%
  • County 44.9%
  • Alaska 43.0%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 52.9%
  • County 53.3%
  • State 53.2%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Soldotna 29.9%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 27.4%
  • Alaska 27.8%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Here 23.2%
  • County 22.0%
  • Alaska 21.6%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Soldotna 20.9%
  • County 20.6%
  • Alaska 20.5%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Soldotna 15.3%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 14.9%
  • State 14.6%

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

  • Soldotna 4.3%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 4.9%
  • Alaska 4.2%

Soldotna residents on average take two prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Soldotna 2.2
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 2.0
  • State 1.7

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

Eighty two percent of people living in Soldotna have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Ten percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 4.9 days per month on average. They have 5.9 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 25 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Soldotna 82.1%
  • County 83.0%
  • Alaska 82.2%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Soldotna 9.8%
  • County 9.2%
  • Alaska 10.0%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Soldotna 4.9
  • County 5.3
  • Alaska 5.1

Average drinks/week

  • Here 5.9
  • County 6.3
  • Alaska 6.1

Average days/year people drink much

  • Here 24.9
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 26.5
  • Alaska 24.4

Ninety eight percent of Soldotna residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Ninety five percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Eighty nine percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Fifty two percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Four percent of males in Soldotna 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 seven percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Forty percent have ever had anal sex. Twelve percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Soldotna 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 32 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 Soldotna were 22 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. Nine percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Soldotna has vaginal or anal sex 62 times a year. Fifty five percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Soldotna 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with 12 men on average. They have had 11 male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.5 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Eighty four percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

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

  • Soldotna 97.7%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 97.7%
  • Alaska 97.2%

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

  • Here 94.7%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 95.7%
  • State 94.5%

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

  • Soldotna 88.6%
  • County 88.9%
  • State 86.9%

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

  • Soldotna 52.5%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 50.8%
  • Alaska 48.0%

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

  • Here 3.9%
  • County 6.4%
  • Alaska 6.1%

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

  • Here 97.6%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 98.2%
  • State 97.1%

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

  • Soldotna 86.6%
  • County 90.6%
  • Alaska 88.3%

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

  • Here 39.6%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 43.7%
  • State 39.4%

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

  • Soldotna 12.1%
  • County 11.3%
  • State 12.0%

Average age people first had sex

  • Soldotna 16.4
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 16.8
  • Alaska 16.9

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

  • Soldotna 31.6
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 29.0
  • Alaska 26.3

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

  • Here 25.3
  • County 25.0
  • State 21.6

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

  • Soldotna 21.6
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 21.2
  • State 21.3

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

  • Here 6.4
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 6.4
  • State 5.7

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

  • Here 21.7
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 18.6
  • Alaska 18.8

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

  • Here 3.5
  • County 6.7
  • Alaska 3.7

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Soldotna 8.6%
  • County 6.3%
  • State 8.7%

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

  • Here 62.1
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 62.5
  • State 64.3

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Soldotna 54.8%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 60.7%
  • State 55.7%

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

  • Here 12.1
  • County 10.5
  • State 9.8

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

  • Soldotna 10.6
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 9.6
  • State 9.0

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

  • Here 0.5
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 0.5
  • Alaska 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Here 83.7%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 83.5%
  • State 81.4%

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

Eleven percent of households in Soldotna 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 10.6%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 9.9%
  • State 9.6%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Soldotna 4.2%
  • County 5.2%
  • Alaska 4.5%

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

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Here 6.8
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 6.8
  • Alaska 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Soldotna 33.7%
  • County 32.1%
  • State 30.9%

Fifty five percent of Soldotna residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Here 55.0%
  • County 51.8%
  • Alaska 51.0%

Twenty two percent of Soldotna 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 eight 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 two percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Sixteen 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 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 1.2 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Soldotna 22.3%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 23.8%
  • State 22.6%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Soldotna 38.3%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 41.4%
  • State 40.0%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Soldotna 32.5%
  • County 28.3%
  • State 32.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Soldotna 15.7%
  • County 20.1%
  • State 24.6%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Soldotna 39.7%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 46.8%
  • Alaska 48.0%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Soldotna 6.0
  • County 6.1
  • Alaska 6.1

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Soldotna 2.8
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 2.6
  • State 2.5

Average hours a day using computer

  • Soldotna 1.2
  • County 1.3
  • Alaska 1.4

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

Twelve percent of Soldotna residents have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they had asthma. Three percent of people living here has anemia, sometimes called "tired blood" or "low blood". Four percent of people 16 years and older have ever been told by a doctor or other health care professional that they had psoriasis. Thirty four percent are overweight. Twenty three 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. Twelve percent of people living in Soldotna have ever received a blood transfusion. Twenty one percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Twenty eight percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Four percent have ever been told they had gout. Four percent have congestive heart failure. Three percent have coronary heart disease. Two percent have angina, also called angina pectoris. Four percent have ever had a heart attack, also called myocardial infarction. Four percent have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had a stroke. Five percent have ever had emphysema. Eight percent have another thyroid problem. Four percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. Five percent of people had any kind of liver condition. Nine percent have ever had cancer or a malignancy of any kind.

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Here 12.2%
  • County 9.0%
  • State 9.5%

People with anemia (%)

  • Here 3.5%
  • County 2.5%
  • Alaska 2.7%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Here 4.0%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 4.5%
  • Alaska 3.7%

People with overweight (%)

  • Here 34.3%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 35.8%
  • State 33.9%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Here 23.4%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 17.9%
  • State 15.9%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Soldotna 11.6%
  • County 10.5%
  • Alaska 8.6%

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

  • Soldotna 21.3%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 19.0%
  • Alaska 18.2%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Soldotna 28.0%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 24.6%
  • Alaska 20.8%

People with gout (%)

  • Soldotna 3.7%
  • County 3.3%
  • State 3.1%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Here 4.1%
  • County 2.3%
  • Alaska 2.0%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Soldotna 3.3%
  • County 3.2%
  • State 2.4%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Soldotna 1.9%
  • County 1.9%
  • Alaska 1.4%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Soldotna 4.2%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 3.5%
  • Alaska 2.7%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Here 4.2%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 2.8%
  • Alaska 2.4%

People with emphysema (%)

  • Here 4.9%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 2.3%
  • Alaska 1.7%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Soldotna 8.1%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 7.2%
  • Alaska 6.5%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Soldotna 4.1%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 3.6%
  • State 2.8%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Soldotna 4.6%
  • County 2.2%
  • State 2.2%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Here 9.3%
  • County 7.5%
  • State 6.5%

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

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

  • Soldotna 64.5%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 63.7%
  • Alaska 62.4%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Here 35.5%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 36.3%
  • Alaska 37.6%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Here 99.4%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 99.4%
  • Alaska 99.4%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Soldotna 59.4%
  • County 59.0%
  • State 56.8%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Here 56.9%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 62.9%
  • State 62.8%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Here 21.5%
  • County 21.7%
  • Alaska 16.6%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Here 11.9%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 11.4%
  • State 8.8%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Here 74.5%
  • County 80.1%
  • Alaska 77.2%

Women taking birth control pills (%)

  • Soldotna 8.3%
  • County 8.4%
  • State 9.5%

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

  • Soldotna 15.2%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 17.5%
  • State 19.1%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Here 17.8%
  • County 19.1%
  • Alaska 14.6%

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

People living in Soldotna report their general health condition on average at 54 percent. Four percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 39 percent of Soldotna residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Eight percent of people living in Soldotna are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Soldotna 54.3%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 57.1%
  • Alaska 57.7%

Blood donors (%)

  • Soldotna 3.9%
  • County 4.7%
  • Alaska 5.5%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Here 39.4%
  • County 41.0%
  • State 41.2%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Soldotna 8.5%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 9.1%
  • State 8.4%

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

People in Soldotna spend $371 per month on average on food for their families at supermarkets or grocery stores. This is 25 percent of their income. The average family in Soldotna spends $69 on food at other stores monthly. This is four percent of their income. They spend $134 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is six percent of their income. They also spend $29 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is one percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Soldotna $371
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough $362
  • State $369

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

  • Soldotna 24.9%
  • County 23.7%
  • Alaska 22.1%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Here $69
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough $75
  • State $84

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Soldotna 3.8%
  • County 4.6%
  • State 4.6%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Here $134
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough $134
  • State $152

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Soldotna 6.1%
  • County 7.0%
  • State 7.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Soldotna $29
  • County $29
  • Alaska $36

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Soldotna 1.2%
  • County 1.2%
  • State 1.4%

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

People living in Soldotna report their general condition of hearing on average at 78 percent. Seventy 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 four percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Twenty three percent of Soldotna population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Forty seven 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 Soldotna had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Soldotna 78.0%
  • County 79.3%
  • State 80.9%

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

  • Here 74.9%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 78.9%
  • Alaska 81.0%

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

  • Soldotna 94.4%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 94.6%
  • Alaska 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Soldotna 22.5%
  • County 22.2%
  • State 19.4%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Soldotna 47.5%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 47.6%
  • Alaska 43.9%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Soldotna 16.8%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 16.9%
  • State 16.2%

Twenty three percent of Soldotna 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 23.3%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 23.8%
  • Alaska 22.5%

Twenty three percent of Soldotna 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 nine 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. Twelve percent are limited in any way because of difficulty remembering or because they experience periods of confusion. Eight 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 (%)

  • Soldotna 22.7%
  • County 17.6%
  • State 15.0%

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

  • Soldotna 28.8%
  • County 24.8%
  • Alaska 20.4%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Here 10.2%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 8.3%
  • State 6.4%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Soldotna 12.0%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 9.0%
  • State 8.1%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Here 8.0%
  • County 6.6%
  • Alaska 4.9%

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

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