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Table 2 Sample characteristics versus U.S. Census Bureau (American Community Survey 2009–2013)

From: Public response to the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia: knowledge, opinions and behaviours

Variable Total sample n (%) Census Living in the affected counties n (%) Census Living outside the affected counties n (%) Census
Gender (n = 464)
Male 220 (47.4) 49 % 58 (44.6) 49 % 161 (48.3) 49 %
Female 244 (52.6) 51 % 71 (55.4) 51 % 173 (51.7) 51 %
Age (n = 463)
18–24 29 (6.3) 6 % [20–24] 9 (7.0) 6 % [20–24] 20 (6.0) 7 % [20–24]
25–34 69 (14.9) 12 % 17 (13.2) 12 % 52 (15.5) 12 %
35–44 63 (13.6) 13 % 22 (17.1) 13 % 41 (12.3) 13 %
45–54 106 (22.8) 15 % 27 (20.9) 15 % 79 (23.7) 15 %
55–64 129 (27.8) 14 % 36 (27.9) 8 % 93 (27.8) 17 %
65–74 57 (12.3) 9 % 17 (13.1) 16 % 40 (12.0) 7 %
75+ 10 (2.2) 7 % 1 (0.8) 7 % 9 (2.7) 7 %
Education
(n = 463) 33 (7.2) 17 % 7 (5.2) 16 % 26 (7.9) 17 %
< High school 221 (47.7) 41 % 47 (36.4) 39 % 172 (51.5) 42 %
High school 104 (22.5) 24 % 38 (29.6) 25 % 67 (20.1) 24 %
Some college Bachelor or more 105 (22.6) 18 % 37 (28.8) 20 % 69 (20.5) 17 %
Income (n = 450)
<$10,000 26 (5.6) 10 % 7 (5.4) 10 % 19 (5.9) 10 %
$10,000–$24,999 48 (10.4) 22 % 19 (14.7) 23 % 29 (9.0) 22 %
$25,000–$49.999 124 (26.7) 27 % 29 (22.5) 28 % 95 (29.3) 26 %
$50,000–$74.999 98 (21.1) 18 % 25 (19.4) 12 % 73 (22.5) 20 %
$75,000–$99.999 82 (17.7) 10 % 22 (17.1) 12 % 60 (18.5) 10 %
$100,000–$199,999 63(13.6)[$100,000–$174,999] 11 % 21(16.3)[$100,000–$174,999] 12 % 42(13.0)[$100,000–$174,999] 10 %
>$200,000 9 (1.9) 2 % 3 (2.3) 3 % 6 (1.8) 2 %