Health and Nutrition of West Columbia, TX Residents

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Forty nine percent of West Columbia 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 three frozen meals or frozen pizzas on average monthly.

Summary

Diet health (%)

  • West Columbia 49.2%
  • Brazoria County 48.1%
  • State 48.0%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • West Columbia 20.1
  • County 20.4
  • Texas 20.0

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • West Columbia 3.6
  • County 3.7
  • State 3.7

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

  • Here 1.8
  • Brazoria County 1.9
  • State 1.9

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Here 1.8
  • Brazoria County 2.0
  • Texas 2.0

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Here 3.4
  • Brazoria County 3.5
  • Texas 3.3

The average West Columbia 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). Sixteen percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Twenty percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). West Columbia residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 47 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 23 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Here 1.9
  • County 1.9
  • State 1.9

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Here 15.5%
  • County 16.7%
  • Texas 16.1%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Here 20.5%
  • Brazoria County 21.6%
  • Texas 21.0%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Here 46.9%
  • Brazoria County 45.7%
  • State 46.4%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Here 2.9
  • Brazoria County 2.8
  • State 2.9

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • West Columbia 3.0
  • Brazoria County 2.9
  • Texas 3.0

Average number of teeth

  • Here 23.1
  • County 23.4
  • State 23.7

The average height of West Columbia residents 16 years and older is 66 inches. The average weight is 179 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 29. Thirty eight percent of people living here are obese. Forty nine percent have ever been obese. Thirty five percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • West Columbia 66.2
  • Brazoria County 66.6
  • State 66.2

Average weight (pounds)

  • Here 179.2
  • County 180.1
  • Texas 177.4

Average BMI

  • West Columbia 28.8
  • County 28.7
  • State 28.5

People that are obese (%)

  • Here 37.5%
  • Brazoria County 37.6%
  • Texas 37.2%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • West Columbia 49.4%
  • County 49.3%
  • State 48.3%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Here 34.8%
  • Brazoria County 35.5%
  • State 36.0%

Sixty two percent of West Columbia residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Twenty three percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Twenty two percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. Three percent have ever used heroin. Twelve percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • West Columbia 62.3%
  • County 63.3%
  • State 61.8%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • West Columbia 23.4%
  • Brazoria County 25.0%
  • Texas 22.8%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Here 21.9%
  • County 22.7%
  • Texas 20.9%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • West Columbia 2.6%
  • Brazoria County 2.7%
  • Texas 2.3%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Here 12.4%
  • County 14.0%
  • State 12.5%

Ten percent of people living in West Columbia 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 10.0%
  • County 9.6%
  • Texas 9.3%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Here 48.2%
  • County 46.3%
  • Texas 46.4%

People taking insulin (%)

  • West Columbia 3.1%
  • County 2.9%
  • State 2.8%

West Columbia 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

  • West Columbia 1.2
  • County 1.1
  • State 1.1

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

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • West Columbia 11.8%
  • Brazoria County 11.5%
  • State 11.2%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Here 5.2%
  • County 4.9%
  • Texas 5.0%

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

  • Here 65.7%
  • County 65.5%
  • State 65.0%

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

  • Here 27.4%
  • Brazoria County 25.3%
  • State 25.0%

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

  • Here 14.5%
  • Brazoria County 15.6%
  • State 14.8%

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

  • Here 19.8%
  • County 21.5%
  • Texas 19.8%

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

  • West Columbia 38.6%
  • Brazoria County 38.0%
  • State 36.0%

Seventy four percent of people living in West Columbia are covered by health insurance or some other kind of health care plan.

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • West Columbia 74.2%
  • County 71.3%
  • State 72.1%

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

  • West Columbia 22.9%
  • Brazoria County 19.6%
  • Texas 19.4%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • West Columbia 23.2%
  • County 22.2%
  • Texas 21.7%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • West Columbia 43.1%
  • Brazoria County 39.1%
  • State 39.0%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • West Columbia 19.1%
  • Brazoria County 16.7%
  • Texas 16.3%

Thirty three percent of people living in West Columbia use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • West Columbia 33.3%
  • County 33.8%
  • State 33.4%

Twenty seven percent of West Columbia residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Twenty nine percent often feel down, depressed, or hopeless. Forty two percent of people living here have trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleep too much. Fifty two percent of people often feel tired or have little energy. Twenty nine percent are bothered by poor appetite or overeating. Twenty two percent often feel badly about themselves, that they are a failure or have let themselves or their families down. Twenty percent have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV. Sixteen 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. Five 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 27.5%
  • Brazoria County 26.9%
  • Texas 26.8%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Here 28.6%
  • Brazoria County 28.0%
  • Texas 27.6%

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

  • West Columbia 41.9%
  • Brazoria County 42.2%
  • State 41.2%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 52.2%
  • County 51.7%
  • Texas 51.3%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Here 29.2%
  • Brazoria County 28.8%
  • Texas 28.6%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Here 22.4%
  • Brazoria County 22.3%
  • Texas 21.2%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • West Columbia 20.1%
  • County 20.2%
  • Texas 19.7%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Here 16.2%
  • Brazoria County 15.2%
  • State 14.9%

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

  • Here 5.4%
  • County 4.7%
  • Texas 4.5%

West Columbia residents on average take two prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Here 2.0
  • Brazoria County 1.8
  • State 1.8

Eighty percent of people living in West Columbia 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 4.9 days per month on average. They have 5.7 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 23 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Here 79.7%
  • Brazoria County 81.2%
  • State 79.9%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • West Columbia 10.7%
  • Brazoria County 10.0%
  • State 10.4%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Here 4.9
  • Brazoria County 4.7
  • State 4.6

Average drinks/week

  • West Columbia 5.7
  • Brazoria County 5.7
  • Texas 5.4

Average days/year people drink much

  • Here 23.2
  • Brazoria County 23.6
  • State 21.6

Ninety seven percent of West Columbia residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Ninety four percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Eighty six percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Forty nine percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Seven percent of males in West Columbia have ever had any kind of sex with a man, including oral or anal. Ninety seven 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 West Columbia 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 31 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 five women. Males in their lifetime have anal or oral sex with 3.2 men on average. They have had 1.9 anal sex partners in their lifetime. People in West Columbia were 19 years old on average when they first performed oral sex on a man. They performed oral sex on average on five men in their lifetime. Ten percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in West Columbia has vaginal or anal sex 60 times a year. Fifty percent have sex without using a condom. Females in West Columbia 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with 11 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. Seventy four percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

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

  • Here 97.2%
  • Brazoria County 97.6%
  • State 97.5%

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

  • West Columbia 94.3%
  • Brazoria County 94.6%
  • Texas 93.4%

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

  • Here 86.0%
  • Brazoria County 87.2%
  • Texas 85.2%

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

  • Here 48.6%
  • County 49.9%
  • State 49.5%

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

  • Here 6.6%
  • Brazoria County 6.4%
  • State 6.9%

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

  • West Columbia 97.0%
  • Brazoria County 97.4%
  • Texas 97.0%

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

  • Here 81.7%
  • Brazoria County 85.1%
  • Texas 83.7%

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

  • West Columbia 37.5%
  • Brazoria County 40.8%
  • State 39.9%

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

  • West Columbia 13.3%
  • County 12.7%
  • Texas 12.4%

Average age people first had sex

  • Here 16.8
  • County 16.7
  • State 16.8

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

  • West Columbia 31.4
  • County 28.3
  • Texas 26.6

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

  • West Columbia 25.5
  • County 23.4
  • State 21.8

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

  • Here 21.9
  • County 21.1
  • Texas 21.2

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

  • West Columbia 5.0
  • Brazoria County 5.7
  • State 5.0

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

  • West Columbia 3.2
  • County 2.0
  • Texas 2.0

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

  • West Columbia 1.9
  • County 1.1
  • State 1.1

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

  • West Columbia 19.5
  • County 19.8
  • State 19.9

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

  • Here 5.0
  • County 4.2
  • Texas 3.8

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Here 10.4%
  • Brazoria County 9.3%
  • State 10.2%

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

  • Here 60.1
  • County 64.1
  • Texas 62.9

People having sex without condom (%)

  • West Columbia 50.4%
  • Brazoria County 53.8%
  • State 50.7%

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

  • Here 10.6
  • Brazoria County 11.1
  • State 10.0

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

  • Here 9.2
  • County 9.9
  • State 8.9

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

  • Here 0.6
  • Brazoria County 0.6
  • Texas 0.6

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • West Columbia 74.4%
  • Brazoria County 74.6%
  • Texas 70.3%

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

Ten percent of households in West Columbia use chemical products in their homes to control fleas, roaches, ants, termites or other insects. Five percent use chemical products in their lawns or gardens to kill weeds.

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • West Columbia 9.9%
  • Brazoria County 10.3%
  • State 10.3%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • West Columbia 5.0%
  • County 4.6%
  • Texas 4.3%

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

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Here 6.8
  • County 6.7
  • State 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Here 28.8%
  • Brazoria County 29.6%
  • State 27.8%

Forty nine percent of West Columbia residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Here 49.0%
  • County 51.9%
  • Texas 49.8%

Twenty percent of West Columbia 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 five 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. 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 one 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 (%)

  • West Columbia 20.5%
  • Brazoria County 21.9%
  • State 20.3%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • West Columbia 35.3%
  • Brazoria County 37.2%
  • Texas 35.2%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • West Columbia 30.2%
  • Brazoria County 31.5%
  • Texas 32.3%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 19.8%
  • County 21.6%
  • Texas 21.8%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • West Columbia 41.4%
  • Brazoria County 42.8%
  • Texas 42.1%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Here 6.0
  • Brazoria County 5.9
  • State 5.9

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • West Columbia 2.7
  • County 2.7
  • State 2.6

Average hours a day using computer

  • Here 1.2
  • Brazoria County 1.3
  • Texas 1.3

Nine percent of West Columbia 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 three percent are overweight. Nineteen 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 West Columbia have ever received a blood transfusion. Twenty percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Twenty four 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. Four percent have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had a stroke. Two percent have ever had emphysema. Seven percent have another thyroid problem. Three percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. Three percent of people had any kind of liver condition. Eight percent have ever had cancer or a malignancy of any kind.

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Here 9.3%
  • County 10.0%
  • Texas 9.7%

People with anemia (%)

  • Here 4.1%
  • County 3.3%
  • Texas 3.5%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • West Columbia 3.2%
  • County 3.4%
  • Texas 3.2%

People with overweight (%)

  • West Columbia 33.2%
  • Brazoria County 33.3%
  • State 33.0%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Here 19.0%
  • Brazoria County 21.3%
  • Texas 20.4%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Here 11.7%
  • Brazoria County 10.2%
  • State 10.2%

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

  • Here 20.4%
  • Brazoria County 20.2%
  • State 20.0%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Here 24.5%
  • County 22.4%
  • State 21.6%

People with gout (%)

  • Here 3.6%
  • Brazoria County 3.3%
  • Texas 3.0%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • West Columbia 2.9%
  • County 2.6%
  • State 2.6%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Here 2.8%
  • Brazoria County 2.6%
  • Texas 2.6%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Here 2.0%
  • Brazoria County 1.8%
  • State 1.7%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Here 3.4%
  • Brazoria County 3.2%
  • State 3.0%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • West Columbia 3.8%
  • Brazoria County 3.2%
  • Texas 3.2%

People with emphysema (%)

  • West Columbia 2.3%
  • Brazoria County 2.6%
  • State 2.3%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • West Columbia 7.4%
  • County 6.4%
  • Texas 6.4%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Here 3.2%
  • Brazoria County 3.1%
  • Texas 2.8%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • West Columbia 2.6%
  • County 3.3%
  • Texas 3.0%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • West Columbia 8.5%
  • County 7.1%
  • Texas 6.7%

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

Sixty four percent of births in West Columbia were vaginal deliveries. Thirty six percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.1 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Fifty nine percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Fifty four percent of women breastfeed their children. Twenty one percent of women in West Columbia have ever had a hysterectomy, including a partial hysterectomy (that is, surgery to remove their uterus or womb). Eleven percent had both of their ovaries removed (either when they had their uterus removed or at another time). Seventy two percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Seven percent of women are currently taking birth control pills. Seventeen percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Sixteen 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 63.9%
  • Brazoria County 63.9%
  • State 62.8%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • West Columbia 36.1%
  • County 36.1%
  • State 37.2%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Here 99.1%
  • Brazoria County 99.3%
  • Texas 99.2%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • West Columbia 59.0%
  • Brazoria County 59.8%
  • State 59.4%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • West Columbia 53.7%
  • County 57.0%
  • State 59.5%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Here 20.9%
  • County 18.6%
  • Texas 17.6%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • West Columbia 11.5%
  • County 9.8%
  • State 9.2%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • West Columbia 72.2%
  • Brazoria County 73.0%
  • Texas 71.7%

Women taking birth control pills (%)

  • West Columbia 7.5%
  • Brazoria County 7.1%
  • State 6.9%

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

  • West Columbia 16.8%
  • County 18.2%
  • Texas 19.0%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Here 16.1%
  • County 15.0%
  • Texas 14.4%

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

People living in West Columbia report their general health condition on average at 55 percent. Five percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 41 percent of West Columbia residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Eight percent of people living in West Columbia are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • West Columbia 55.1%
  • Brazoria County 55.4%
  • Texas 55.5%

Blood donors (%)

  • Here 4.6%
  • Brazoria County 4.7%
  • State 4.7%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • West Columbia 41.3%
  • County 42.1%
  • Texas 41.2%

Left-handed people (%)

  • West Columbia 8.4%
  • Brazoria County 8.3%
  • Texas 7.8%

People in West Columbia spend $358 per month on average on food for their families at supermarkets or grocery stores. This is 23 percent of their income. The average family in West Columbia spends $76 on food at other stores monthly. This is four percent of their income. They spend $138 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is seven percent of their income. They also spend $23 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 $358
  • County $370
  • Texas $370

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

  • West Columbia 23.2%
  • County 23.6%
  • State 23.7%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • West Columbia $76
  • County $80
  • State $82

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • West Columbia 4.5%
  • Brazoria County 4.4%
  • State 4.5%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Here $138
  • Brazoria County $146
  • Texas $146

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • West Columbia 6.8%
  • Brazoria County 7.3%
  • State 7.7%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • West Columbia $23
  • County $27
  • Texas $27

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • West Columbia 1.2%
  • County 1.3%
  • State 1.2%

People living in West Columbia report their general condition of hearing on average at 80 percent. Eighty 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 five percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Nineteen percent of West Columbia population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Forty 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. Fourteen percent of people in West Columbia had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Here 79.5%
  • County 80.0%
  • State 80.4%

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

  • West Columbia 80.5%
  • County 79.9%
  • Texas 81.7%

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

  • West Columbia 94.7%
  • Brazoria County 95.1%
  • Texas 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Here 18.9%
  • Brazoria County 19.2%
  • State 17.6%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • West Columbia 40.5%
  • Brazoria County 42.8%
  • Texas 39.9%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 14.1%
  • County 15.2%
  • Texas 14.1%

Twenty six percent of West Columbia 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 (%)

  • West Columbia 26.2%
  • County 22.7%
  • State 23.8%

Seventeen percent of West Columbia 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 three percent are limited in the kind or amount of work they can do because of physical, mental or emotional problems. Nine percent have difficulty walking without using any special equipment. Ten 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 (%)

  • West Columbia 17.0%
  • County 17.2%
  • Texas 16.0%

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

  • West Columbia 22.8%
  • Brazoria County 22.5%
  • State 21.3%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • West Columbia 8.8%
  • Brazoria County 7.9%
  • State 7.7%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • West Columbia 10.3%
  • Brazoria County 9.7%
  • State 9.3%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • West Columbia 7.7%
  • Brazoria County 6.3%
  • Texas 6.4%

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

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