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Self-Reported Health Status

In 2008, 61.4 percent of adults reported being in excellent or very good health; this did not vary significantly by sex (data not shown). Among both sexes, self-reported health status declines with age. Women and men aged 75 years and older were least likely to report excellent or very good health (35.6 and 34.4 percent, respectively), compared to 69.2 percent of women and 73.2 percent of men aged 18–44 years.

The proportion of women reporting excellent or very good health also varies with race and ethnicity. Non-Hispanic Asian and non-Hispanic White women were most likely to report excellent or very good health in 2008 (65.8 and 63.4 percent, respectively). In comparison, 43.0 percent of non-Hispanic women of multiple races, and slightly more than 48 percent of non- Hispanic Black and Hispanic women reported excellent or very good health. Approximately 1 in 5 non-Hispanic Black, non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic women of multiple races reported fair or poor health status.

Self-reported health status among women improves as household income increases. Women with household incomes below the poverty level were least likely to report excellent or very good health (35.2 percent), followed by women with incomes of 100–199 percent of poverty (45.7 percent). Women with higher household incomes were significantly more likely to report being in excellent or very good health; 60.2 percent of women with household incomes of 200–399 percent of poverty and 72.8 percent of those with incomes of 400 percent or more of poverty reported excellent or very good health (data not shown).

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