U.S. population,* by health status, sex, and area of residence, 2002 (vertical bar chart): Female, MSA:** excellent, 29.9%; very good, 33.4%; good, 25.5%; fair, 8.2%; poor, 2.9%. Male, MSA: excellent, 33.6%; very good, 33.2%; good, 24.4%; fair, 6.5%; poor, 2.4%. Female, non-MSA: excellent, 25.4%; very good, 33.3%; good, 26.7%; fair, 10.0%; poor, 4.5%. Male, non-MSA: excellent, 29.6%; very good, 31.1%; good, 25.9%; fair, 9.1%; poor, 4.3%.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2002 Full Year Consolidated Data File (HC-070). Released December 2004. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component Data. Generated using MEPSnet/HC. Available from: http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsnet/HC/MEPSnetHC.asp

*Includes only the civilian, noninstitutionalized population.

**A Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes at least: one city with 50,000 or more inhabitants, or a Census Bureau-defined urbanized area (of at least 50,000 inhabitants) and a total metropolitan population of at least 100,000 (75,000 in New England). Additional “outlying counties” are included in the MSA if they meet specified requirements of commuting to the central counties and other selected requirements of metropolitan character. In New England, the MSAs are defined in terms of cities and towns rather than counties.