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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of respondents and households, rural Bangladesh, 2007 (N = 1692)

From: Observed hand cleanliness and other measures of handwashing behavior in rural Bangladesh

Characteristics percent/mean/median (n)
Household head (%)  
Male 94 (1592)
Education of mother of the youngest child (%)  
No education 31 (525)
Up to primary 33 (565)
Above primary 36 (602)
Education of father of the youngest child (%)  
No education 37 (617)
Up to primary 31 (519)
Above primary 32 (556)
Occupation of father of the youngest child (%)  
Farmer/cultivator/homemaker 24 (409)
Agri & non-agri labor/boatman/shoe or umbrella mechanic 21 (357)
Traders/business occupation 18 (312)
Skilled worker/profession 10 (163)
Service 10 (161)
Rickshaw/Van puller 9 (143)
Staying abroad 6 (110)
Household head untraced, disabled, domestic maid, retired, unemployed 2 (37)
Mean number of household members 5.5 (1692)
Mean number of under-5 children per household 1.3 (1692)
Social status of households (Respondents' self assessment) (%)  
Rich 1 (17)
Upper middle 3 (48)
Middle 46 (776)
Poor 41 (693)
Hardcore poor 9 (158)
Ownership of living house (%)  
Self-owned 94 (1584)
Others (Rental, Govt. land, owned by a landlord, relative house) 6 (108)
Median amount of homestead land (sq. meter) 280 (1692)
Median amount of land other than homestead (sq. meter) 260 (1692)
Median number of sleeping room 2 (1692)
Households own (%)  
Electricity 45 (762)
Almirah/wardrobe 27 (459)
Television (B/W) 19 (322)
Television (color) 9 (147)
Refrigerator 2 (39)
Motor cycle 2 (38)
Mobile phone 29 (498)