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Demographic Data Guide

Core Indicators

Age

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked: “What is your age?” Respondents reported their age in years. Responses were grouped into three categories: 18-44, 45-64, and 65+.

Age data available: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

Sex

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were categorized as: Male or Female.

Sex data available: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

Race/Ethnicity

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked: “Are you Hispanic or Latino?” and “Which one or more of the following would you say is your race?” Responses were grouped into seven categories*†: White, Black (or African American), Hispanic (or Latino), Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (NHPI), American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN), and Other/Multirace.

*For theses analyses, respondents identified as White, Black (or African American), Asian, NHPI, AIAN, or Other/Multirace all were Non-Hispanic. Respondents identified as Hispanic might be of any race.

†For Single Year by Demographic Characteristics estimates, responses were grouped into four categories: White, Black (or African American), Hispanic (or Latino), and Other/Multirace. Other/Multirace includes any respondent not identified as White, Black, or Hispanic.

Race/Ethnicity data available: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

Veteran Status

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked: “Have you ever served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces, either in the regular military or in a National Guard or military reserve unit? Active duty does not include training for the Reserves or National Guard, but DOES include activation, for example, for the Persian Gulf War.”

Responses were grouped into two categories: Yes and No.

Veteran Status data available: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

Income Level

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked about their annual household income: “Is your annual household income from all sources—” Responses were grouped into five categories: <$15,000, $15,000 to <$25,000, $25,000 to <$35,000, $35,000 to <$50,000, and $50,000+.

Income Level data available: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

Education Level

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked about their education level: “What is the highest grade or year of school you completed?” Responses were grouped into three categories: Some High School or Less, High School Graduate*, and College Graduate.

*High School Graduate includes respondents with some college education.

Education Level data available: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

Marital Status

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked about their marital status. Responses were grouped into four categories: Married/Unmarried Couple, Divorced/Separated, Widowed, and Never Married.

Marital Status data available: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

Employment Status

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked about their current employment status. Responses were grouped into four categories: Employed, Out of Work, Unable to Work, and Other*.

*Other consists of homemakers, students, and retirees.

Employment Status data available: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

 
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