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Table 2 Characteristics of the REGARDS occupational ancillary study sample (n = 17,333) a

From: Methods and feasibility of collecting occupational data for a large population-based cohort study in the United States: the reasons for geographic and racial differences in stroke study

Characteristic Black women (n = 4,086) Black men (n = 2,287) White women (n = 5,563) White men (n = 5,397) Overall (n = 17,333)
Age at the occupational survey (y)
45-54 214 (5) 124 (5) 322 (6) 196 (4) 856 (5)
55-64 1167 (29) 522 (23) 1456 (26) 1047 (19) 4192 (24)
65-74 1674 (41) 966 (42) 2168 (39) 2289 (42) 7097 (41)
75 or older 1031 (25) 675 (30) 1617 (29) 1865 (35) 5188 (30)
Education at enrollment
Unknown 3 (<1) 0 (0) 2 (<1) 1 (<1) 6 (<1)
High school or less 1663 (41) 917 (40) 1700 (31) 1295 (24) 5575 (32)
Some college 1164 (28) 625 (27) 1595 (29) 1274 (24) 4658 (27)
College graduate and above 1256 (31) 745 (33) 2266 (41) 2827 (52) 7094 (41)
US region at enrollment
Stroke buckleb 816 (20) 408 (18) 1485 (27) 1085 (20) 3794 (22)
Rest of stroke belt 1399 (34) 787 (34) 1930 (35) 1809 (34) 5925 (34)
Other 40 contiguous states 1871 (46) 1092 (48) 2148 (39) 2503 (46) 7614 (44)
Residence at enrollment c
Unknown 326 (8) 152 (7) 620 (11) 545 (10) 1643 (9)
Rural 504 (12) 244 (11) 1280 (23) 1150 (21) 3178 (18)
Urban 3256 (80) 1891 (83) 3663 (66) 3702 (69) 12512 (72)
Employment status at the occupational survey
Currently employed 1057 (26) 622 (27) 1601 (29) 1669 (31) 4949 (29)
Retiredd 2425 (59) 1457 (64) 3157 (57) 3502 (65) 10541 (61)
Unemployed/unable to work 474 (12) 201 (9) 310 (6) 212 (4) 1197 (7)
Homemaker or student 128 (3) 5 (<1) 489 (9) 11 (<1) 633 (4)
Not working, reason unknown 1 (<1) 2 (<1) 6 (<1) 2 (<1) 11 (<1)
Unknown 1 (<1) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (<1) 2 (<1)
Ever employed outside the home ≥ 25 years old
Unknown 6 (<1) 1 (<1) 8 (<1) 0 (0) 15 (<1)
No 72 (2) 14 (<1) 178 (3) 13 (<1) 277 (2)
Yes 4008 (98) 2272 (99) 5377 (97) 5384 (100) 17041 (98)
Employed at REGARDS enrollment?
Unknown 4 (<1) 8 (<1) 9 (<1) 11 (<1) 32 (<1)
No 2437 (60) 1262 (55) 3264 (59) 2806 (52) 9769 (56)
Yes 1645 (40) 1017 (44) 2290 (41) 2580 (48) 7532 (43)
  1. aAll values are n (percentage). Percentages may not sum to 100 due to rounding.
  2. bThe stroke buckle is a segment of the stroke belt region of the United States defined as the south Atlantic coastal plains states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
  3. cClassification based on Rural–urban Community Area (RUCA) codes.
  4. dMedian years since retirement 11.0 years (range 0–60 years).