Health and Nutrition of Sterling, AK Residents

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Forty nine percent of Sterling residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 20 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 four frozen meals or frozen pizzas on average monthly.

Summary

Diet health (%)

  • Here 48.7%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 49.1%
  • State 49.9%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Here 20.3
  • County 20.6
  • State 19.7

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Here 3.8
  • County 3.5
  • Alaska 3.9

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

  • Sterling 1.9
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 1.8
  • Alaska 1.8

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Sterling 2.0
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 1.9
  • State 2.0

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Sterling 3.5
  • County 3.6
  • State 3.6

The average Sterling 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). Seventeen 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). Sterling residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 46 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

  • Sterling 1.9
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 1.9
  • Alaska 1.8

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Here 17.3%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 15.4%
  • State 15.9%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Sterling 21.7%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 22.9%
  • State 20.8%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Sterling 46.4%
  • County 46.6%
  • Alaska 48.3%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Here 2.9
  • County 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 23.9
  • County 23.5
  • Alaska 24.4

The average height of Sterling residents 16 years and older is 68 inches. The average weight is 188 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 29. Forty one percent of people living here are obese. Fifty four percent have ever been obese. Forty percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Here 67.6
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 67.2
  • State 67.1

Average weight (pounds)

  • Sterling 188.1
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 184.1
  • State 180.9

Average BMI

  • Sterling 29.4
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 29.1
  • State 28.7

People that are obese (%)

  • Sterling 41.0%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 38.1%
  • State 36.8%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Here 53.8%
  • County 51.2%
  • State 48.3%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Here 39.8%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 37.2%
  • Alaska 37.9%

Sixty seven percent of Sterling residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Thirty percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Twenty eight percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. Three percent have ever used heroin. Eighteen percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Sterling 67.4%
  • County 65.7%
  • State 64.1%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Here 30.1%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 27.0%
  • State 25.2%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Sterling 27.8%
  • County 25.4%
  • Alaska 23.5%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Sterling 3.1%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 3.0%
  • State 2.5%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Sterling 17.7%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 15.6%
  • State 14.5%

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

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

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Here 9.6%
  • County 8.9%
  • State 8.5%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Sterling 48.2%
  • County 46.3%
  • Alaska 45.1%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Sterling 3.4%
  • County 3.0%
  • Alaska 2.5%

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

Sterling 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 1.0
  • County 1.0
  • Alaska 1.0

Eleven percent of Sterling 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. Seventy two percent of people above the age of 40 have ever had wisdom teeth removed. Thirty two percent have ever had their tonsils removed. Twenty one 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 eight percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 10.8%
  • County 12.1%
  • Alaska 11.1%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Here 4.2%
  • County 4.9%
  • State 4.3%

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

  • Sterling 71.5%
  • County 68.2%
  • State 65.4%

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

  • Here 32.0%
  • County 27.9%
  • Alaska 26.2%

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

  • Sterling 21.2%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 19.0%
  • State 17.0%

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

  • Sterling 23.9%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 24.8%
  • State 22.3%

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

  • Sterling 47.7%
  • County 42.3%
  • Alaska 42.6%

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

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

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Here 72.4%
  • County 73.5%
  • State 73.6%

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

  • Sterling 21.3%
  • County 19.5%
  • State 16.7%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Here 23.7%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 24.3%
  • Alaska 21.3%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 39.4%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 42.0%
  • Alaska 38.1%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Sterling 17.6%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 17.2%
  • Alaska 15.1%

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

Forty one percent of people living in Sterling use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Here 41.2%
  • County 39.9%
  • State 38.8%

Twenty seven percent of Sterling 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 six percent of people living here have trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleep too much. Fifty five percent of people often feel tired or have little energy. Thirty percent are bothered by poor appetite or overeating. Twenty four percent often feel badly about themselves, that they are a failure or have let themselves or their families down. Twenty two percent have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV. Twelve percent of people living here move or speak so slowly that other people could have noticed, or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that they have been moving around a lot more than usual. Four percent have thoughts that they would be better off dead or of hurting themselves in some way.

Summary

People who have little interest in doing things (%)

  • Here 27.4%
  • County 27.9%
  • State 26.3%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

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

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

  • Here 46.2%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 44.9%
  • State 43.0%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 55.2%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 53.3%
  • State 53.2%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Sterling 29.8%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 27.4%
  • State 27.8%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Sterling 24.4%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 22.0%
  • Alaska 21.6%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Sterling 21.6%
  • County 20.6%
  • Alaska 20.5%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Sterling 12.4%
  • County 14.9%
  • State 14.6%

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

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

Sterling residents on average take two prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Here 2.0
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 2.0
  • State 1.7

Eighty three percent of people living in Sterling 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 5.7 days per month on average. They have 6.6 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 83.2%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 83.0%
  • Alaska 82.2%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Here 8.9%
  • County 9.2%
  • Alaska 10.0%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Here 5.7
  • County 5.3
  • State 5.1

Average drinks/week

  • Sterling 6.6
  • County 6.3
  • State 6.1

Average days/year people drink much

  • Here 28.3
  • County 26.5
  • Alaska 24.4

Ninety eight percent of Sterling 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. Ninety one percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Fifty two percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Six percent of males in Sterling 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. Ninety two percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Forty five percent have ever had anal sex. Eleven percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Sterling 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 34 women. He has vaginal sex with 26 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 nine women. People in Sterling were 18 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. Seven percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Sterling has vaginal or anal sex 57 times a year. Sixty one percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Sterling 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with 10 men on average. They have had 10 male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.5 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Eighty eight percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

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

  • Sterling 97.6%
  • County 97.7%
  • State 97.2%

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

  • Here 95.4%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 95.7%
  • Alaska 94.5%

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

  • Sterling 91.3%
  • County 88.9%
  • Alaska 86.9%

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

  • Here 52.4%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 50.8%
  • Alaska 48.0%

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

  • Here 6.3%
  • County 6.4%
  • Alaska 6.1%

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

  • Here 98.3%
  • County 98.2%
  • State 97.1%

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

  • Here 91.6%
  • County 90.6%
  • State 88.3%

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

  • Sterling 44.8%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 43.7%
  • State 39.4%

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

  • Sterling 11.1%
  • County 11.3%
  • State 12.0%

Average age people first had sex

  • Sterling 16.7
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 16.8
  • Alaska 16.9

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

  • Sterling 34.5
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 29.0
  • State 26.3

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

  • Here 25.5
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 25.0
  • Alaska 21.6

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

  • Here 20.9
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 21.2
  • State 21.3

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

  • Here 8.6
  • County 6.4
  • Alaska 5.7

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

  • Sterling 17.8
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 18.6
  • Alaska 18.8

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

  • Here 2.5
  • County 6.7
  • Alaska 3.7

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Sterling 7.4%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 6.3%
  • Alaska 8.7%

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

  • Sterling 56.6
  • County 62.5
  • State 64.3

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Here 60.9%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 60.7%
  • Alaska 55.7%

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

  • Sterling 10.3
  • County 10.5
  • State 9.8

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

  • Here 9.7
  • County 9.6
  • State 9.0

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

  • Here 0.5
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 0.5
  • State 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Here 87.9%
  • 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 Sterling 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 10.7%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 9.9%
  • State 9.6%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Here 4.3%
  • County 5.2%
  • Alaska 4.5%

Sterling 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

  • Here 6.7
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 6.8
  • Alaska 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Here 37.1%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 32.1%
  • State 30.9%

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

Fifty three percent of Sterling residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Sterling 52.9%
  • County 51.8%
  • Alaska 51.0%

Twenty six percent of Sterling 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. Forty 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 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 six 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 1.3 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Sterling 25.6%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 23.8%
  • State 22.6%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Sterling 48.2%
  • County 41.4%
  • Alaska 40.0%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Sterling 30.4%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 28.3%
  • Alaska 32.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 18.9%
  • County 20.1%
  • State 24.6%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 45.6%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 46.8%
  • State 48.0%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Here 6.1
  • County 6.1
  • Alaska 6.1

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Sterling 2.7
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 2.6
  • Alaska 2.5

Average hours a day using computer

  • Here 1.3
  • County 1.3
  • State 1.4

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

Ten percent of Sterling 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 nine percent are overweight. Fifteen 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. Ten percent of people living in Sterling have ever received a blood transfusion. Nineteen percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Twenty seven percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Four percent have ever been told they had gout. Three percent have congestive heart failure. Three percent have coronary heart disease. Two percent have angina, also called angina pectoris. Three 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. Eight percent have another thyroid problem. Three percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. Three 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 9.6%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 9.0%
  • State 9.5%

People with anemia (%)

  • Here 2.7%
  • County 2.5%
  • State 2.7%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Here 4.4%
  • County 4.5%
  • Alaska 3.7%

People with overweight (%)

  • Sterling 39.1%
  • County 35.8%
  • Alaska 33.9%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Sterling 15.4%
  • County 17.9%
  • Alaska 15.9%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Sterling 10.3%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 10.5%
  • Alaska 8.6%

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

  • Here 18.9%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 19.0%
  • Alaska 18.2%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Here 26.8%
  • County 24.6%
  • Alaska 20.8%

People with gout (%)

  • Sterling 4.2%
  • County 3.3%
  • Alaska 3.1%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Here 2.7%
  • County 2.3%
  • State 2.0%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Here 2.6%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 3.2%
  • State 2.4%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Here 2.3%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 1.9%
  • State 1.4%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Here 3.1%
  • County 3.5%
  • State 2.7%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Sterling 2.5%
  • County 2.8%
  • State 2.4%

People with emphysema (%)

  • Here 2.1%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 2.3%
  • State 1.7%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Sterling 7.9%
  • County 7.2%
  • Alaska 6.5%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Sterling 3.5%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 3.6%
  • State 2.8%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Here 2.9%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 2.2%
  • State 2.2%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Here 8.9%
  • County 7.5%
  • State 6.5%

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

Sixty four percent of births in Sterling were vaginal deliveries. Thirty six percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.3 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Sixty percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Sixty percent of women breastfeed their children. Twenty four percent of women in Sterling 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). Eighty one percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Eight percent of women are currently taking birth control pills. Eighteen percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Twenty 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 (%)

  • Sterling 63.9%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 63.7%
  • Alaska 62.4%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Sterling 36.1%
  • County 36.3%
  • Alaska 37.6%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Sterling 99.3%
  • County 99.4%
  • State 99.4%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Here 59.7%
  • County 59.0%
  • Alaska 56.8%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Sterling 60.0%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 62.9%
  • Alaska 62.8%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Sterling 23.8%
  • County 21.7%
  • State 16.6%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Here 12.4%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 11.4%
  • State 8.8%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Sterling 81.4%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 80.1%
  • State 77.2%

Women taking birth control pills (%)

  • Here 8.5%
  • County 8.4%
  • State 9.5%

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

  • Sterling 18.4%
  • County 17.5%
  • Alaska 19.1%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Sterling 20.0%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 19.1%
  • Alaska 14.6%

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

People living in Sterling report their general health condition on average at 56 percent. Seven percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 43 percent of Sterling residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Ten percent of people living in Sterling are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Sterling 55.9%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 57.1%
  • Alaska 57.7%

Blood donors (%)

  • Here 7.1%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 4.7%
  • State 5.5%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Sterling 42.6%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 41.0%
  • State 41.2%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Here 10.4%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 9.1%
  • State 8.4%

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

People in Sterling spend $346 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 Sterling spends $80 on food at other stores monthly. This is five percent of their income. They spend $140 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is eight percent of their income. They also spend $25 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is two percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Sterling $346
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough $362
  • State $369

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

  • Sterling 20.7%
  • County 23.7%
  • Alaska 22.1%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Sterling $80
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough $75
  • Alaska $84

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Sterling 4.8%
  • County 4.6%
  • State 4.6%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Sterling $140
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough $134
  • State $152

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Sterling 8.1%
  • County 7.0%
  • State 7.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Sterling $25
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough $29
  • State $36

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Here 1.6%
  • County 1.2%
  • State 1.4%

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

People living in Sterling report their general condition of hearing on average at 79 percent. Seventy 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 four percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Twenty two percent of Sterling population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Fifty one 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. Nineteen percent of people in Sterling had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Sterling 78.5%
  • County 79.3%
  • State 80.9%

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

  • Here 76.8%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 78.9%
  • Alaska 81.0%

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

  • Here 93.9%
  • County 94.6%
  • Alaska 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Here 22.0%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 22.2%
  • State 19.4%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Sterling 50.7%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 47.6%
  • State 43.9%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 19.2%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 16.9%
  • State 16.2%

Twenty one percent of Sterling 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 21.2%
  • County 23.8%
  • Alaska 22.5%

Nineteen percent of Sterling 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 five percent are limited in the kind or amount of work they can do because of physical, mental or emotional problems. Seven percent have difficulty walking without using any special equipment. Nine percent are limited in any way because of difficulty remembering or because they experience periods of confusion. Six percent of people here have health problems that require them to use special equipment, such as a cane, wheelchair, special bed or special telephone.

Summary

People having limitations keeping them from working (%)

  • Sterling 18.5%
  • County 17.6%
  • State 15.0%

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

  • Sterling 25.5%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 24.8%
  • Alaska 20.4%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Here 6.9%
  • County 8.3%
  • Alaska 6.4%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Sterling 8.7%
  • County 9.0%
  • Alaska 8.1%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Here 6.0%
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough 6.6%
  • State 4.9%

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

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