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Table 1 Demographic comparison of study respondents with the 2001 census for Gloucestershire.

From: Communication, perception and behaviour during a natural disaster involving a 'Do Not Drink' and a subsequent 'Boil Water' notice: a postal questionnaire study

  n Study population % (LCI - UCI) Census population %
Gender    
male 62 40.0 (32.2 - 48.2) 48.8*
female 93 60.0 (51.8 - 67.8) 51.2*
Age    
29/30 or youngera 10 6.3 (3.1 - 11.3) 16.7*
30/31 to 59/60b 83 52.5 (44.4 - 60.5) 42.4*
60/61 or olderc 65 41.1 (33.4 - 49.2) 22.4*
Ethnicity    
white UK 150 96.8 (92.6 - 98.9) 95.6
white non-UK 3 1.9 (0.4 - 5.6) 1.6
non-white 2 1.3 (0.2 - 4.6) 2.8
Home ownership    
sole/joint owner 138 87.3 (81.1 - 92.1) 74.3*
renting from council 13 8.2 (4.5 - 13.7) 8.5
renting privately 7 4.4 (1.8 - 8.9) 8.3
Occupation d    
managers & senior officials 14 15.1 (8.5 - 24.0) 15.3
professional 24 25.8 (17.3 - 35.9) 10.9*
associate prof. & technical 12 12.9 (6.8 - 21.5) 13.8
admin & secretarial 21 22.6 (14.6 - 32.4) 13.6*
skilled trade 8 8.6 (3.8 - 16.2) 12.4
personal service 4 4.3 (1.2 - 10.6) 6.5
sales & customer service 4 4.3 (1.2 - 10.6) 7.1
process & machine operatives 4 4.3 (1.2 - 10.6) 8.9
elementary 2 2.2 (0.3 - 7.6) 11.5*
  1. a Comprises our categories 20 or younger and 21-30 with the census categories 0-4, 5-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24 and 25-29.
  2. b Comprises our categories 31-40, 41-50 and 51-60 with the census categories 30-34, 35-39, 40-44,45-49, 50-54 and 55-59.
  3. c Comprises our categories 61-70 and 71 or older with the census categories 60-64, 65-69, 70-74,75-79, 80-84 and 85+.
  4. d Occupation data collected through an open-ended question was re-coded on a nine point Socio-Economic Scale adhering to the British Standard Occupational Classification 2000 [40] and using the Computer Assisted Structured Coding Tool [41].
  5. *Census population estimate falls outside 95% confidence interval of census population.