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Table 1 Socio-economic and demographic characteristics of respondents, Australia, 2010

From: A survey to assist in targeting the adults who undertake risky behaviours, know their health behaviours are not optimal and who acknowledge being worried about their health

Demographic and socioeconomic profile of respondents
  n % (95% CI)
Sex    
Male 1463 48.7 (46.9–50.5)
Female 1540 51.3 (49.5–53.1)
Age group    
65+ years 528 17.6 (16.3–19.0)
55 to 64 years 432 14.4 (13.2–15.7)
45 to 54 years 558 18.6 (17.2–20.0)
35 to 44 years 589 19.6 (18.2–21.1)
18 to 34 years 897 29.9 (28.3–31.5)
Number of adults in household aged 18+ years    
One 332 11.1 (10.0–12.2)
Two 1688 56.2 (54.4–58.0)
Three or more 983 32.7 (31.1–34.4)
Country of birth*    
Australia 2349 78.2 (76.7–79.6)
UK / Ireland 184 6.1 (5.3–7.0)
Other 469 15.6 (14.4–16.9)
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander    
No 2287 97.4 (74.6–77.7)
Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander 58 2.5 (1.5–2.5)
Family structure    
Family and children 1574 52.4 (50.6–54.2)
Adult living alone 284 9.5 (8.5–10.6)
Adult living with partner - no children 769 25.6 (24.1–27.2)
Adults living together - related / unrelated 343 11.4 (10.3–12.6)
Other 30 1.0 (0.7–1.4)
Marital status    
Never Married 651 21.8 (20.3–23.3)
Married/living with partner 1999 67.0 (65.2–68.6)
Separated/divorced 189 6.3 (5.5–7.2)
Widowed 147 4.9 (4.2–5.8)
Employment status    
Full time employed 1287 42.9 (41.1–44.6)
Part time employed 564 18.8 (17.4–20.2)
Unemployed 105 3.5 (2.9–4.2)
Economically inactive (Home duties, student, retired, unable to work, other) 1046 34.8 (33.2–36.6)
Highest education level obtained    
No schooling to secondary 1383 46.1 (44.3–47.9)
Trade, certificate, diploma 758 25.2 (23.7–26.8)
Degree or higher 813 27.1 (25.5–28.7)
Undertake volunteer activities    
Yes 1018 33.9 (32.2–35.6)
No 1985 66.1 (64.4–67.8)
Provide long term care    
Yes 771 25.7 (24.2–27.3)
No 2232 74.3 (72.7–75.8)
Gross annual household income    
$80,000 or more 1136 37.8 (36.1–39.6)
$40,001-$80,000 698 23.2 (21.8–24.8)
Up to $40,000 575 19.1 (17.8–20.6)
Not stated 594 19.8 (18.4–21.3)
Household money situation    
Spending more money than receive 125 4.2 (3.5–4.9)
Just enough money to get through to next pay day 549 18.3 (16.9–19.7)
Some money left over each week but spend it 184 6.1 (5.3–7.0)
Save a bit every now and then 1441 48.0 (46.2–49.8)
Save a lot 590 19.6 (18.3–21.1)
Don’t know 87 2.9 (2.4–3.6)
Refused 27 0.9 (0.6–1.3)
Dwelling type*    
Owned or being purchased 2458 82.1 (80.7–83.4)
Rented from government housing 86 2.9 (2.3–3.5)
Rented privately 398 13.3 (12.1–14.6)
Community housing / Retirement village/other 52 1.7 (1.3–2.3)
Total 3003 100.0  
  1. Note: The weighting of the data can result in rounding discrepancies or totals not adding. *Don’t know category not included.