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Table 42. Percentage distribution of health status among persons ages 18 to 24, by selected characteristics: 1999 and 2008
 
Characteristic 1999   2008
Total Excellent/
very good
  Good   Fair/poor     Total Excellent/
very good
  Good   Fair/poor  
Total 100.0 77.7   19.0   3.4     100.0 76.4   19.6   4.0  
                               
Sex                              
Male 100.0 79.8   17.5   2.6     100.0 77.5   18.8   3.7  
Female 100.0 75.6   20.4   4.1     100.0 75.3   20.4   4.3  
                               
Age                              
18–21 100.0 77.9   18.8   3.2     100.0 77.5   19.1   3.4  
22–24 100.0 77.4   19.1   3.5     100.0 75.0   20.2   4.9  
                               
Race/ethnicity                              
White 100.0 80.6   16.5   2.9     100.0 80.7   16.1   3.3  
Black 100.0 71.4   22.9   5.8     100.0 69.2   24.2   6.6  
Hispanic 100.0 72.2   24.0   3.8     100.0 66.3   28.3   5.4  
Asian 100.0 79.7   18.7   1.6 !   100.0 80.3   19.1    
American Indian/Alaska Native 100.0 60.8   37.8       100.0 87.0      
Two or more races 100.0         100.0      
Other races1 100.0 64.7   31.5       100.0 75.3   21.7    
                               
Educational attainment                              
Less than high school diploma 100.0 68.0   25.6   6.5     100.0 64.7   27.3   8.0  
High school completion only2 100.0 76.6   19.8   3.7     100.0 71.8   23.0   5.3  
Some college 100.0 82.4   15.7   2.0     100.0 81.9   15.8   2.3  
Associate's degree 100.0 78.6   19.7   1.7 !   100.0 81.7   15.9   2.4 !
Bachelor's or higher degree 100.0 88.9   10.1   1.0 !   100.0 90.4   9.1    
                               
Poverty status3                              
Poor 100.0 72.1   21.8   6.0     100.0 68.9   24.5   6.6  
Near-poor 100.0 72.7   21.7   5.6     100.0 68.9   24.1   7.1  
Nonpoor 100.0 82.4   15.6   2.0     100.0 82.9   15.0   2.1  
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Includes Pacific Islanders.
2 Includes equivalency certification.
3 Children in families whose incomes are below the poverty threshold are classified as poor; those in families with incomes at 100–199 percent of the poverty threshold are classified as near-poor, and those in families with incomes at 200 percent or more of the poverty threshold are classified as nonpoor. Detail may not sum to totals because of missing values for poverty.
NOTE: Data are based on respondents' answers to a survey question on general health status. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals due to rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 1999 and 2008.

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