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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of study population

From: Patterns of physical activity in different domains and implications for intervention in a multi-ethnic Asian population: a cross-sectional study

  Male (N = 2280) Female (N = 2470)
  Chinese
N = 1530
Malay
N = 392
Indian
N = 356
Chinese
N = 1682
Malay
N = 411
Indian
N = 375
Characteristics % % % % % %
Age group       
18-39 years 20.5 13.5 11.5 22.8 19.5 13.9
40-60 years 58.6 68.6 65.7 60.3 65.2 69.1
>60 years 20.9 17.9 22.8 16.9 15.3 17.1
Highest level of education       
None/primary 20.9 24.7 17.1 27.8 36.0 37.6
Secondary 33.0 48.5 42.4 37.6 46.7 41.1
Technical school 23.0 23.5 23.9 19.4 15.8 11.5
University 23.1 3.3 16.6 15.2 1.5 9.9
Work status       
Working 80.8 82.4 82.6 61.5 45.0 48.0
Student 0.6 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.3
Homemaker 0.1 0 0.3 31.0 48.2 44.8
Retired 14.5 13.8 13.5 4.9 2.9 4.3
Unemployed (able to work) 2.4 1.8 2.0 1.4 2.0 1.6
Unemployed (unable to work) 1.1 1.0 0.8 0.4 0.2 0.3
#Others 0.7 0.5 0.6 0.6 1.2 0.8
Household income (S$/month)       
Less than $2000 14.5 31.1 24.4 14.5 23.4 26.7
$2000 to $3999 20.1 21.7 23.3 16.9 24.6 21.6
$4000 to $5999 12.8 8.9 11.5 10.6 5.6 8.0
$6000 to $9999 10.2 2.8 9.8 10.6 3.2 5.1
More than $ 10 000 7.1 1.0 4.8 5.2 0.5 1.6
Decline to answer 35.3 34.4 26.1 42.1 42.8 37.1
Type of housing       
1-2 room flat 1.1 2.3 0.8 1.0 3.9 2.9
3 room flat 13.7 15.8 12.1 16.2 15.3 14.4
4 room flat 32.2 45.7 37.9 31.3 43.3 38.1
5 room or executive flat 31.0 29.1 36.0 29.1 32.4 33.3
Private condominium 12.4 3.3 4.5 12.0 2.9 4.3
Private house (landed property) 9.7 3.8 8.7 10.5 2.2 6.9
  1. #Others: disabled persons, persons with large private financial means, prisoners, patients of mental hospitals, inhabitants of homes for the aged as well as those who were awaiting call-up for national military service are included in this category.