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Major Risk Factors By County in 2008


The table below lists some of the major risk factors measured by the 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey in Delaware by county. Statewide data is available in the Behavioral Risks in Delaware 2007-2008 report. To read the questions used in the survey, go to the 2008 questionnaire.

Complete county data tables for 2008 can be downloaded in PDF format:

Selected Data Items by County
Risk Factors New Castle Kent Sussex
"Fair or Poor" Health 11.2% (9.4-13.0) 16.5% (14.3-18.7) 16% (13.6-18.4)
No Health Insurance Coverage (Age 18-64) 5.6% (3.2-8.0) 8.9% (6.4-11.4) 12.2% (9.1-15.3)
Currently Smoke Cigarettes 15.5% (13.0-18.0) 21% (18.1-23.9) 21.2% (18.1-24.3)
Adult Obesity (BMI 30 or higher) 26.3% (23.2-29.4) 31.2% (28.1-34.3) 29.9% (26.6-33.2)
Overweight (BMI 25-29.9) 34.8% (31.5-38.1) 37.6% (34.3-40.9) 38.4% (34.9-41.9)
Adults With Diabetes 6.9% (5.3-8.5) 11.5% (9.5-13.5) 10.2% (8.2-12.2)
Currently Have Asthma 10.1% (7.7-12.5) 9.5% (7.5-11.5) 8.7% (6.7-10.7)
Adults Who Visited Dentist or Dental Clinic in Past Year 79.8% (76.9-82.7) 70.5% (67.4-73.6) 74.2% (71.1-77.3)
Ever Told by Doctor You Had a Heart Attack 3.6% (2.6-4.6) 4.9% (3.5-6.3) 6.3% (4.9-7.7)
Chronic Heavy Drinkers 6.5% (4.5-8.5) 4% (2.6-5.4) 5.1% (3.3-6.9)
Binge Drinkers 19.8% (16.5-23.1) 14.4% (11.5-17.3) 14.9% (12.0-17.8)
Disability:  Limited Activity Due to Health Problem 19.2% (16.5-21.9) 22.5% (19.8-25.2) 22.1% (19.4-24.8)
Disability:  Require Special Equipment 6.8% (5.2-8.4) 7.5% (5.9-9.1) 9.7% (7.7-11.7)
Had Flu Shot Past Year (age 65 and older only) 67.7% (62.0-73.4) 68.6% (63.5-73.7) 73.2% (68.7-77.7)
Women 50+ Who Had Mammogram in Past 2 Years 86.7% (83.4-90.0) 81.9% (78.2-85.6) 82.9% (79.6-86.2)
Women Who Had Pap Test in Past 3 Years 85.6% (82.5-88.7) 82.3% (78.8-85.8) 83.3% (80.5-87.1)
Age 50+ Who Had Colonoscopy or Sigmoidoscopy 75.3% (71.8-78.8) 72.9% (69.2-76.6) 73.8% (70.5-77.1)

Confidence intervals (CI) are in parentheses.

Source: Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS), 2008.

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Notes:  Sample = ˜4,000 Delaware adults age 18 and older. The CI is the range within which the true prevalence will occur with 95% confidence. When the sample size is small, the confidence interval is larger. Estimates are not presented when the unweighted sample size for the denominator is less than 50, or when the confidence interval half-width is greater than 10. The Behavioral Risk Factor Survey is a random sample telephone interview survey, conducted continuously throughout the year. Additional information is available on this website or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention BRFSS web pages.

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