Health and Nutrition of Wales, AK Residents

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Forty five percent of Wales 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 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 (%)

  • Wales 45.0%
  • Nome Census Area 47.1%
  • Alaska 49.9%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Here 14.8
  • Nome Census Area 17.9
  • Alaska 19.7

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Wales 4.1
  • Nome Census Area 3.6
  • State 3.9

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

  • Here 1.6
  • County 1.7
  • State 1.8

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Wales 2.1
  • County 2.1
  • Alaska 2.0

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Here 3.8
  • County 3.9
  • Alaska 3.6

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

The average Wales 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 six percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Twenty one percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Wales residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 41 percent. People living here aged 30 years and older, aside from brushing their teeth with toothbrush, use dental floss or any other device that clean between teeth on average 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

  • Here 2.0
  • Nome Census Area 2.0
  • State 1.8

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Here 26.2%
  • Nome Census Area 20.6%
  • State 15.9%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Wales 21.2%
  • Nome Census Area 18.9%
  • Alaska 20.8%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Here 41.3%
  • County 44.7%
  • Alaska 48.3%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Here 2.5
  • County 2.6
  • Alaska 3.0

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Here 3.3
  • Nome Census Area 3.1
  • State 2.8

Average number of teeth

  • Wales 23.7
  • Nome Census Area 23.6
  • Alaska 24.4

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

The average height of Wales residents 16 years and older is 67 inches. The average weight is 173 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 29. Thirty five percent of people living here are obese. Fifty percent have ever been obese. Thirty four percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Wales 66.7
  • County 66.8
  • Alaska 67.1

Average weight (pounds)

  • Wales 173.0
  • Nome Census Area 177.7
  • State 180.9

Average BMI

  • Wales 28.7
  • County 29.2
  • Alaska 28.7

People that are obese (%)

  • Wales 34.7%
  • Nome Census Area 40.0%
  • Alaska 36.8%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Here 49.6%
  • Nome Census Area 51.9%
  • Alaska 48.3%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Wales 33.5%
  • County 35.1%
  • Alaska 37.9%

Seventy three percent of Wales residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Thirty five percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Thirty four percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. Twenty eight percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Wales 73.1%
  • County 69.2%
  • Alaska 64.1%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Wales 34.8%
  • Nome Census Area 30.2%
  • State 25.2%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Wales 33.5%
  • County 28.3%
  • State 23.5%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Here 28.5%
  • County 20.8%
  • Alaska 14.5%

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

Ten percent of people living in Wales 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.

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Here 10.4%
  • County 11.0%
  • Alaska 8.5%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Here 46.4%
  • Nome Census Area 44.8%
  • Alaska 45.1%

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

Wales 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

  • Wales 1.3
  • County 1.1
  • Alaska 1.0

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

Thirteen percent of Wales 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. Two percent have been having problems with their ability to taste sweet, sour, salty or bitter foods and drinks. Fifty two percent of people above the age of 40 have ever had wisdom teeth removed. Fifteen percent have ever had their tonsils removed. Nine percent have lost consciousness because of a head injury. Sixteen percent have ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull. Thirty one percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 12.8%
  • County 10.8%
  • State 11.1%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Wales 2.1%
  • County 3.8%
  • State 4.3%

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

  • Wales 52.1%
  • County 58.1%
  • State 65.4%

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

  • Here 15.2%
  • County 17.7%
  • Alaska 26.2%

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

  • Here 8.7%
  • Nome Census Area 13.3%
  • State 17.0%

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

  • Here 15.6%
  • County 18.4%
  • Alaska 22.3%

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

  • Here 30.7%
  • Nome Census Area 37.7%
  • State 42.6%

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

Sixty six percent of people living in Wales are covered by health insurance or some other kind of health care plan.

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Wales 66.4%
  • Nome Census Area 69.8%
  • State 73.6%

Ten percent of people living in Wales have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Sixteen percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Twenty seven percent of people in Wales frequently check their blood cholesterol. Twelve 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 9.9%
  • County 14.5%
  • Alaska 16.7%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Here 15.7%
  • County 21.0%
  • State 21.3%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Wales 26.9%
  • Nome Census Area 34.2%
  • State 38.1%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Wales 12.4%
  • County 16.7%
  • State 15.1%

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

Twenty two percent of people living in Wales use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Wales 21.6%
  • County 28.3%
  • State 38.8%

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

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

  • Wales 39.7%
  • County 30.0%
  • State 26.3%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Here 44.4%
  • Nome Census Area 32.6%
  • Alaska 27.3%

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

  • Wales 55.2%
  • County 44.4%
  • State 43.0%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Wales 71.3%
  • Nome Census Area 58.2%
  • State 53.2%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Wales 48.9%
  • Nome Census Area 35.3%
  • Alaska 27.8%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Wales 32.7%
  • County 23.4%
  • Alaska 21.6%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Wales 32.8%
  • Nome Census Area 24.0%
  • State 20.5%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Wales 41.6%
  • Nome Census Area 24.7%
  • Alaska 14.6%

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

  • Wales 11.1%
  • Nome Census Area 4.8%
  • Alaska 4.2%

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

Wales residents on average take one prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Here 1.1
  • Nome Census Area 1.5
  • State 1.7

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

Ninety one percent of people living in Wales have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Five percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 3.8 days per month on average. They have 8.0 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 29 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Wales 91.0%
  • County 84.3%
  • Alaska 82.2%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Here 5.0%
  • Nome Census Area 10.0%
  • State 10.0%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Here 3.8
  • County 4.4
  • State 5.1

Average drinks/week

  • Here 8.0
  • Nome Census Area 7.6
  • State 6.1

Average days/year people drink much

  • Wales 29.3
  • Nome Census Area 27.5
  • State 24.4

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

Ninety nine percent of Wales residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Ninety seven percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Eighty four percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Forty one percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Three percent of males in Wales 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 five percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Thirty percent have ever had anal sex. Twenty one percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Wales 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 35 women. He has vaginal sex with 25 women. People living here were on average 20 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 Wales were 18 years old on average when they first performed oral sex on a man. Twenty three percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Wales has vaginal or anal sex 72 times a year. Thirty five percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Wales 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 0.6 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Sixty nine percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

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

  • Here 99.3%
  • County 98.7%
  • Alaska 97.2%

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

  • Here 97.4%
  • Nome Census Area 96.4%
  • Alaska 94.5%

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

  • Wales 83.6%
  • County 83.3%
  • State 86.9%

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

  • Wales 40.5%
  • County 46.2%
  • Alaska 48.0%

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

  • Here 3.5%
  • Nome Census Area 4.7%
  • Alaska 6.1%

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

  • Wales 99.4%
  • County 98.2%
  • Alaska 97.1%

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

  • Wales 95.3%
  • Nome Census Area 89.6%
  • State 88.3%

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

  • Wales 29.9%
  • County 33.8%
  • State 39.4%

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

  • Here 21.0%
  • County 16.3%
  • State 12.0%

Average age people first had sex

  • Wales 15.6
  • Nome Census Area 16.2
  • Alaska 16.9

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

  • Here 35.3
  • County 31.9
  • Alaska 26.3

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

  • Wales 24.7
  • Nome Census Area 25.0
  • Alaska 21.6

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

  • Here 20.2
  • Nome Census Area 20.9
  • Alaska 21.3

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

  • Wales 6.3
  • Nome Census Area 6.0
  • State 5.7

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

  • Wales 18.4
  • Nome Census Area 19.2
  • State 18.8

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Wales 22.6%
  • Nome Census Area 15.2%
  • State 8.7%

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

  • Wales 71.6
  • County 69.9
  • Alaska 64.3

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Here 35.5%
  • Nome Census Area 44.3%
  • State 55.7%

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

  • Here 9.9
  • County 9.4
  • Alaska 9.8

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

  • Here 8.6
  • County 7.9
  • State 9.0

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

  • Here 0.6
  • Nome Census Area 0.4
  • State 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Here 69.2%
  • County 75.7%
  • Alaska 81.4%

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

Eleven percent of households in Wales 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 10.7%
  • Nome Census Area 11.2%
  • Alaska 9.6%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Wales 9.0%
  • Nome Census Area 5.7%
  • State 4.5%

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

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

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Wales 6.3
  • Nome Census Area 6.7
  • Alaska 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Wales 31.9%
  • County 29.0%
  • State 30.9%

Fifty four percent of Wales residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Here 54.1%
  • Nome Census Area 55.2%
  • Alaska 51.0%

Eighteen percent of Wales 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. Twenty nine 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 five percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Twenty 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 two 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 five 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 two 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 (%)

  • Here 17.9%
  • County 20.9%
  • Alaska 22.6%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 29.3%
  • County 35.8%
  • Alaska 40.0%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Wales 45.3%
  • County 37.9%
  • State 32.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Wales 19.7%
  • County 23.2%
  • Alaska 24.6%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Wales 41.9%
  • Nome Census Area 47.7%
  • Alaska 48.0%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Wales 5.4
  • County 5.6
  • Alaska 6.1

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Wales 2.3
  • County 2.5
  • Alaska 2.5

Average hours a day using computer

  • Here 1.5
  • County 1.4
  • State 1.4

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

Seven percent of Wales 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". Thirty one 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. Eleven percent of people living in Wales have ever received a blood transfusion. Thirty seven percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Twenty percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Two percent have ever been told they had gout. One percent have congestive heart failure. Two percent have coronary heart disease. Four percent have ever had a heart attack, also called myocardial infarction. One percent have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had a stroke. Six percent have another thyroid problem. One percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. Three percent of people had any kind of liver condition. Three percent have ever had cancer or a malignancy of any kind.

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Wales 7.4%
  • Nome Census Area 10.0%
  • Alaska 9.5%

People with anemia (%)

  • Here 3.0%
  • County 3.2%
  • Alaska 2.7%

People with overweight (%)

  • Here 30.8%
  • Nome Census Area 34.9%
  • State 33.9%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Here 22.7%
  • County 16.9%
  • Alaska 15.9%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Here 10.7%
  • Nome Census Area 8.4%
  • State 8.6%

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

  • Wales 37.5%
  • Nome Census Area 25.6%
  • State 18.2%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Here 20.3%
  • County 19.5%
  • State 20.8%

People with gout (%)

  • Here 1.9%
  • Nome Census Area 1.9%
  • State 3.1%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Here 1.0%
  • Nome Census Area 2.4%
  • Alaska 2.0%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Here 2.0%
  • County 3.7%
  • State 2.4%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Wales 4.4%
  • County 4.1%
  • State 2.7%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Wales 1.4%
  • Nome Census Area 2.9%
  • State 2.4%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Wales 5.8%
  • Nome Census Area 5.3%
  • Alaska 6.5%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Wales 1.1%
  • Nome Census Area 2.0%
  • Alaska 2.8%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Here 2.7%
  • County 2.3%
  • Alaska 2.2%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Here 2.8%
  • Nome Census Area 4.3%
  • State 6.5%

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

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

Summary

Vaginal deliveries (%)

  • Here 75.8%
  • County 68.5%
  • Alaska 62.4%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Wales 24.2%
  • Nome Census Area 31.5%
  • Alaska 37.6%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Here 99.9%
  • Nome Census Area 99.8%
  • State 99.4%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Here 56.2%
  • County 53.6%
  • Alaska 56.8%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Here 47.2%
  • County 63.0%
  • State 62.8%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Here 6.3%
  • Nome Census Area 9.5%
  • State 16.6%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Here 5.4%
  • County 5.3%
  • State 8.8%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Wales 64.4%
  • County 66.9%
  • Alaska 77.2%

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

  • Here 27.8%
  • Nome Census Area 23.9%
  • State 19.1%

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

People living in Wales report their general health condition on average at 48 percent. Three percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 35 percent of Wales residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Four percent of people living in Wales are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Wales 48.5%
  • Nome Census Area 54.5%
  • Alaska 57.7%

Blood donors (%)

  • Wales 2.6%
  • County 4.3%
  • Alaska 5.5%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Here 35.4%
  • County 38.1%
  • State 41.2%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Wales 4.2%
  • County 6.1%
  • Alaska 8.4%

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

People in Wales spend $381 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 Wales spends $120 on food at other stores monthly. This is six percent of their income. They spend $127 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is eight percent of their income. They also spend $31 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 $381
  • Nome Census Area $386
  • Alaska $369

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

  • Wales 20.6%
  • Nome Census Area 23.2%
  • State 22.1%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Here $120
  • Nome Census Area $98
  • State $84

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Here 5.9%
  • County 4.6%
  • State 4.6%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Wales $127
  • County $121
  • Alaska $152

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Wales 7.6%
  • County 6.8%
  • Alaska 7.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Here $31
  • County $53
  • Alaska $36

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Here 1.2%
  • Nome Census Area 1.2%
  • Alaska 1.4%

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

People living in Wales report their general condition of hearing on average at 81 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 three percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Twenty nine percent of Wales population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Fifty 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. Thirteen percent of people in Wales had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Wales 80.9%
  • County 80.6%
  • State 80.9%

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

  • Here 83.0%
  • County 83.1%
  • State 81.0%

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

  • Here 92.6%
  • Nome Census Area 96.0%
  • State 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Wales 28.6%
  • Nome Census Area 23.2%
  • State 19.4%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Wales 56.7%
  • Nome Census Area 51.2%
  • State 43.9%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 13.2%
  • Nome Census Area 16.4%
  • State 16.2%

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

Twenty five percent of Wales 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 (%)

  • Wales 25.0%
  • County 27.9%
  • Alaska 22.5%

Twenty one percent of Wales 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. Four percent have difficulty walking without using any special equipment. Seventeen percent are limited in any way because of difficulty remembering or because they experience periods of confusion. Two 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 (%)

  • Wales 21.1%
  • Nome Census Area 17.5%
  • State 15.0%

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

  • Wales 24.5%
  • County 22.0%
  • State 20.4%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Here 3.8%
  • Nome Census Area 6.9%
  • Alaska 6.4%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Here 16.7%
  • Nome Census Area 11.2%
  • Alaska 8.1%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Here 2.2%
  • County 4.7%
  • State 4.9%

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

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