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Self-Reported Health Status

In 2007, men were slightly more likely than women to report being in excellent or very good health (61.9 versus 59.5 percent, respectively). Among both sexes, self-reported health status improves with income. Women and men with incomes less than 100 percent of poverty were least likely to report excellent or very good health (42.2 and 47.6 percent, respectively), compared to about 60 percent of men and women with incomes of 200–299 percent of poverty and 73 percent of those with incomes of 300 percent or more of poverty.

Self-reported health status declines with increasing age: 70.3 percent of women aged 18– 44 years reported excellent or very good health, compared to 55.6 percent of those aged 45–64 years, 42.8 percent of those aged 65–74 years, and 32.8 percent of those aged 75 years and older. Among women in the oldest age group, 30.9 percent reported fair or poor health, compared to only 6.5 percent of those in the youngest age group.

The rate of women reporting excellent or very good health also varies with race and ethnicity. Non-Hispanic Asian women were most likely to report excellent or very good health (64.0 percent), compared to 53.1 percent of Hispanic and 51.0 percent of non-Hispanic Black women. More than 62 percent of non-Hispanic White women reported being in excellent or very good health (data not shown).

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