Health and Nutrition of Willow, AK Residents

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Forty seven percent of Willow residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 21 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 one of these meals from a fast-food or pizza place. People here eat one "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 (%)

  • Here 47.4%
  • County 49.8%
  • State 49.9%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Here 20.6
  • County 20.4
  • State 19.7

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Here 2.9
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 3.9
  • State 3.9

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

  • Willow 1.4
  • County 1.8
  • Alaska 1.8

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Here 1.4
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.0
  • State 2.0

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Willow 3.3
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 3.7
  • State 3.6

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

The average Willow 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 three 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). Willow 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 two days per week. The average person living here (including children) has 22 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Here 2.0
  • County 1.9
  • State 1.8

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Here 22.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 16.0%
  • Alaska 15.9%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Willow 21.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 21.4%
  • Alaska 20.8%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Here 44.0%
  • County 48.0%
  • Alaska 48.3%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Here 3.3
  • County 2.9
  • Alaska 3.0

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Here 2.3
  • County 2.7
  • Alaska 2.8

Average number of teeth

  • Willow 21.6
  • County 23.9
  • State 24.4

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

The average height of Willow residents 16 years and older is 64 inches. The average weight is 167 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 30. Forty four percent of people living here are obese. Fifty four percent have ever been obese. Forty four percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Here 64.2
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 67.4
  • Alaska 67.1

Average weight (pounds)

  • Willow 166.5
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 183.7
  • State 180.9

Average BMI

  • Here 30.0
  • County 28.9
  • State 28.7

People that are obese (%)

  • Here 44.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 37.2%
  • State 36.8%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Here 54.4%
  • County 49.5%
  • Alaska 48.3%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Willow 44.1%
  • County 38.4%
  • Alaska 37.9%

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

Fifty seven percent of Willow residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Twenty six percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Twenty three percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. Three percent have ever used heroin. Seventeen percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Willow 57.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 65.9%
  • Alaska 64.1%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Here 26.1%
  • County 26.6%
  • Alaska 25.2%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Willow 22.9%
  • County 24.8%
  • State 23.5%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Here 2.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.9%
  • State 2.5%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Willow 17.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 15.3%
  • Alaska 14.5%

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

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Here 14.3%
  • County 8.5%
  • Alaska 8.5%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Here 45.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 46.9%
  • Alaska 45.1%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Here 3.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.9%
  • Alaska 2.5%

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

Willow 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

  • Willow 1.3
  • County 1.0
  • Alaska 1.0

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

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

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 12.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 11.0%
  • Alaska 11.1%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Willow 2.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 5.1%
  • State 4.3%

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

  • Willow 69.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 67.9%
  • State 65.4%

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

  • Willow 36.0%
  • County 28.8%
  • Alaska 26.2%

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

  • Here 10.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 18.7%
  • State 17.0%

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

  • Here 13.7%
  • County 24.7%
  • Alaska 22.3%

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

  • Willow 59.7%
  • County 44.6%
  • State 42.6%

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

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

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Willow 73.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 74.3%
  • Alaska 73.6%

Twenty four percent of people living in Willow have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Twenty one percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Forty two percent of people in Willow frequently check their blood cholesterol. Twenty three 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 24.3%
  • County 19.0%
  • State 16.7%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Willow 21.1%
  • County 23.1%
  • Alaska 21.3%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 41.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 40.4%
  • State 38.1%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Willow 23.1%
  • County 16.2%
  • State 15.1%

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

Thirty nine percent of people living in Willow use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Willow 39.5%
  • County 41.0%
  • Alaska 38.8%

Twenty nine percent of Willow residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Thirty six 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 eight percent of people often feel tired or have little energy. Thirty six 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 three percent have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV. Seventeen 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 (%)

  • Willow 28.6%
  • County 26.1%
  • State 26.3%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Here 36.2%
  • County 26.8%
  • Alaska 27.3%

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

  • Here 44.0%
  • County 43.5%
  • Alaska 43.0%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 57.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 53.2%
  • Alaska 53.2%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Here 36.1%
  • County 27.2%
  • State 27.8%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Here 24.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 21.8%
  • State 21.6%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Here 22.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 20.0%
  • Alaska 20.5%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Here 17.1%
  • County 13.5%
  • Alaska 14.6%

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

  • Willow 5.5%
  • County 4.2%
  • State 4.2%

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

Willow residents on average take three prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Willow 2.5
  • County 1.9
  • State 1.7

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

Sixty eight percent of people living in Willow have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Eighteen percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 3.1 days per month on average. They have 4.2 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 19 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Willow 68.3%
  • County 83.9%
  • State 82.2%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Willow 17.6%
  • County 8.4%
  • State 10.0%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Willow 3.1
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 5.4
  • Alaska 5.1

Average drinks/week

  • Here 4.2
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 5.9
  • State 6.1

Average days/year people drink much

  • Willow 19.4
  • County 24.5
  • State 24.4

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

Ninety nine percent of Willow residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Ninety six percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Eighty nine percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Fifty percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Nine percent of males in Willow 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 eight percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Thirty seven percent have ever had anal sex. Ten percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Willow 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 66 women. He has vaginal sex with 46 women. People living here were on average 24 years old when they first performed oral sex on a woman. People in Willow were 20 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. Nine percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Willow has vaginal or anal sex 72 times a year. Fifty five percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Willow 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with 11 men on average. They have had 10 male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.6 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Sixty six percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

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

  • Willow 98.6%
  • County 97.7%
  • Alaska 97.2%

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

  • Willow 96.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 95.0%
  • State 94.5%

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

  • Willow 89.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 89.9%
  • State 86.9%

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

  • Willow 50.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 49.0%
  • Alaska 48.0%

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

  • Here 8.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 6.3%
  • State 6.1%

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

  • Here 98.5%
  • County 98.1%
  • Alaska 97.1%

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

  • Willow 88.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 90.8%
  • Alaska 88.3%

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

  • Willow 36.5%
  • County 43.3%
  • State 39.4%

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

  • Willow 9.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 11.7%
  • Alaska 12.0%

Average age people first had sex

  • Here 16.5
  • County 16.8
  • State 16.9

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

  • Here 65.9
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 26.8
  • Alaska 26.3

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

  • Willow 46.3
  • County 21.8
  • State 21.6

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

  • Here 24.0
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 21.2
  • State 21.3

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

  • Willow 19.9
  • County 19.3
  • Alaska 18.8

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

  • Here 5.0
  • County 4.2
  • State 3.7

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Willow 9.3%
  • County 6.9%
  • State 8.7%

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

  • Willow 72.2
  • County 62.1
  • Alaska 64.3

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Here 55.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 60.0%
  • Alaska 55.7%

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

  • Here 10.8
  • County 10.6
  • Alaska 9.8

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

  • Willow 10.0
  • County 9.8
  • State 9.0

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

  • Willow 0.6
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 0.5
  • Alaska 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Willow 66.5%
  • County 85.3%
  • State 81.4%

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

Seven percent of households in Willow use chemical products in their homes to control fleas, roaches, ants, termites or other insects. Three percent use chemical products in their lawns or gardens to kill weeds.

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • Willow 7.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 9.8%
  • Alaska 9.6%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Willow 3.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 4.5%
  • Alaska 4.5%

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

Willow residents 16 years and older usually get seven hours of sleep at night on weekdays or workdays. Forty three percent of them have trouble sleeping.

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Here 6.7
  • County 6.8
  • Alaska 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Willow 43.1%
  • County 33.2%
  • State 30.9%

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

Fifty nine percent of Willow residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Willow 59.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 51.2%
  • Alaska 51.0%

Twenty three percent of Willow 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 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. Twenty one percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Twelve 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. Thirty seven 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 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 1.0 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 23.0%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 23.1%
  • Alaska 22.6%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Willow 39.3%
  • County 40.9%
  • State 40.0%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Here 20.9%
  • County 31.0%
  • State 32.2%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 12.0%
  • County 22.6%
  • State 24.6%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 36.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 47.7%
  • Alaska 48.0%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Here 5.4
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 6.2
  • Alaska 6.1

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Here 2.9
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.6
  • State 2.5

Average hours a day using computer

  • Here 1.0
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 1.3
  • State 1.4

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

Twelve percent of Willow 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". Four percent of people 16 years and older have ever been told by a doctor or other health care professional that they had psoriasis. Forty percent are overweight. Sixteen 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 Willow have ever received a blood transfusion. Twenty three percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Thirty three percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Three percent have ever been told they had gout. Four percent have congestive heart failure. Two percent have coronary heart disease. Three percent have angina, also called angina pectoris. Four percent have ever had a heart attack, also called myocardial infarction. Five percent have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had a stroke. Two percent have ever had emphysema. Twelve percent have another thyroid problem. Five percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. Two percent of people had any kind of liver condition. Ten percent have ever had cancer or a malignancy of any kind.

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Willow 12.1%
  • County 9.8%
  • State 9.5%

People with anemia (%)

  • Here 3.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.5%
  • Alaska 2.7%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Willow 4.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 4.4%
  • State 3.7%

People with overweight (%)

  • Here 40.1%
  • County 35.5%
  • State 33.9%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Willow 16.1%
  • County 16.8%
  • State 15.9%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Willow 10.8%
  • County 9.7%
  • State 8.6%

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

  • Willow 22.7%
  • County 17.9%
  • Alaska 18.2%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Willow 33.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 23.7%
  • Alaska 20.8%

People with gout (%)

  • Willow 2.5%
  • County 3.8%
  • State 3.1%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Here 4.4%
  • County 2.4%
  • Alaska 2.0%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Willow 2.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 2.6%
  • State 2.4%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Here 3.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 1.7%
  • State 1.4%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Willow 4.1%
  • County 3.1%
  • State 2.7%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Willow 5.5%
  • County 2.6%
  • State 2.4%

People with emphysema (%)

  • Willow 2.0%
  • County 2.5%
  • Alaska 1.7%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Here 12.0%
  • County 6.8%
  • State 6.5%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Willow 5.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 3.3%
  • Alaska 2.8%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Here 2.1%
  • County 2.7%
  • Alaska 2.2%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Willow 9.9%
  • County 7.7%
  • State 6.5%

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

Sixty four percent of births in Willow were vaginal deliveries. Thirty six percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.2 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Fifty nine percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Forty nine percent of women breastfeed their children. Twenty four percent of women in Willow have ever had a hysterectomy, including a partial hysterectomy (that is, surgery to remove their uterus or womb). Thirteen percent had both of their ovaries removed (either when they had their uterus removed or at another time). Seventy eight percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Ten percent of women are currently taking birth control pills. Eighteen percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Nineteen 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 (%)

  • Willow 63.9%
  • County 62.4%
  • State 62.4%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Here 36.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 37.6%
  • Alaska 37.6%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Here 99.2%
  • County 99.4%
  • State 99.4%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Here 59.4%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 58.8%
  • Alaska 56.8%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Here 49.4%
  • County 62.0%
  • Alaska 62.8%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Willow 24.4%
  • County 20.2%
  • State 16.6%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Here 13.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 10.6%
  • Alaska 8.8%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Willow 78.4%
  • County 80.8%
  • State 77.2%

Women taking birth control pills (%)

  • Willow 10.1%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 9.2%
  • State 9.5%

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

  • Here 18.2%
  • County 19.1%
  • State 19.1%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Willow 19.0%
  • County 17.0%
  • State 14.6%

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

People living in Willow report their general health condition on average at 52 percent. Five percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 34 percent of Willow residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Seven percent of people living in Willow are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Willow 51.9%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 57.5%
  • State 57.7%

Blood donors (%)

  • Willow 4.8%
  • County 5.4%
  • State 5.5%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Willow 34.0%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 42.8%
  • Alaska 41.2%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Here 6.9%
  • County 9.1%
  • State 8.4%

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

People in Willow spend $367 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 Willow spends $83 on food at other stores monthly. This is four percent of their income. They spend $127 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is six percent of their income. They also spend $27 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is one percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Willow $367
  • County $372
  • State $369

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

  • Willow 23.1%
  • County 22.4%
  • Alaska 22.1%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Here $83
  • County $79
  • Alaska $84

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Willow 4.2%
  • County 4.4%
  • State 4.6%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Here $127
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough $159
  • State $152

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Willow 5.6%
  • County 7.7%
  • Alaska 7.6%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Willow $27
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough $32
  • State $36

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Here 1.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 1.3%
  • State 1.4%

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

People living in Willow report their general condition of hearing on average at 77 percent. Sixty nine 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. Eighteen percent of Willow population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Thirty four 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. Seven percent of people in Willow had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Willow 77.3%
  • County 80.1%
  • State 80.9%

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

  • Willow 68.7%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 78.8%
  • Alaska 81.0%

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

  • Here 93.3%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 95.2%
  • State 95.5%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Willow 18.5%
  • County 20.6%
  • State 19.4%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Willow 33.8%
  • County 45.0%
  • Alaska 43.9%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 7.0%
  • County 17.1%
  • State 16.2%

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Twenty four percent of Willow 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 (%)

  • Willow 24.2%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 22.1%
  • Alaska 22.5%

Nineteen percent of Willow 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. Eleven 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 (%)

  • Willow 18.5%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 16.2%
  • Alaska 15.0%

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

  • Willow 23.4%
  • County 22.4%
  • Alaska 20.4%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Willow 8.8%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 7.0%
  • State 6.4%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Willow 10.6%
  • County 8.2%
  • Alaska 8.1%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Here 5.6%
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough 5.5%
  • State 4.9%

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

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