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Table 1 Descriptive statistics for demographic, socioeconomic resources, and health literacy score (Weighted)a

From: Examining health literacy disparities in the United States: a third look at the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)

Demographic Mean Lin. Std. Err. [95 % Conf. Interval] Min Max
  Age 44.9 0.29 44.33 45.48 18.00 100.00
  Men 0.48 0.01 0.46 0.49 0.00 1.00
  Women 0.52 0.01 0.51 0.54 0.00 1.00
  White 0.71 0.02 0.67 0.74 0.00 1.00
  African-American 0.12 0.01 0.09 0.14 0.00 1.00
  Foreign Born Hispanic/Latino 0.08 0.01 0.06 0.10 0.00 1.00
  Native Born Hispanic/Latino 0.05 0.01 0.03 0.06 0.00 1.00
  Asian/Pacific Islander 0.03 0.01 0.02 0.04 0.00 1.00
  American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.00 1.00
  Multiracial 0.01 0.00 0.01 0.02 0.00 1.00
Socioeconomic Resources
 Median Household Income (in $1000) 48819.66 1001.99 46840.24 50799.09 0.00 124999.50
 Num. Inc. Sources From Savings/Investments 0.69 0.02 0.65 0.74 0.00 2.00
 Educational Attainment 5.59 0.08 5.44 5.74 1.00 11.00
 Nam Powers Boyd Occupational Score 53.36 0.56 52.25 54.46 0.00 100.00
Relational Social Class
 Employment Status
  Employed 0.66 0.01 0.64 0.67 0.00 1.00
  Unemployed/Out of Labor Force 0.34 0.01 0.33 0.36 0.00 1.00
 Voted in 2000
  Not a Citizen 0.08 0.01 0.06 0.10 0.00 1.00
  Did Not Vote 0.30 0.01 0.29 0.32 0.00 1.00
  Voted 0.58 0.01 0.56 0.60 0.00 1.00
  Do Not Remember 0.04 0.00 0.03 0.04 0.00 1.00
 Current Affairs/Political/Govt. Info. 2.64 0.01 2.62 2.66 1.00 4.00
  Source       
 Library Use
  Frequent 0.33 0.01 0.32 0.35 0.00 1.00
  Occasional 0.33 0.01 0.31 0.34 0.00 1.00
  Never Use Library 0.34 0.01 0.32 0.36 0.00 1.00
 Volunteer Activity
  Frequent 0.17 0.01 0.16 0.18 0.00 1.00
  Occasional 0.21 0.01 0.19 0.22 0.00 1.00
  Never 0.62 0.01 0.60 0.64 0.00 1.00
Social Resources
 Language Spoken
  Native English Speaker 0.84 0.01 0.81 0.87 0.00 1.00
  Spanish/ESL 0.04 0.00 0.03 0.04 0.00 1.00
  Speaks Only Spanish 0.05 0.00 0.04 0.06 0.00 1.00
  Other Language Spoken ESL 0.08 0.01 0.06 0.10 0.00 1.00
 Marital Status
  Never Married 0.21 0.01 0.19 0.22 0.00 1.00
  Married/Living as Married 0.60 0.01 0.59 0.62 0.00 1.00
  Separated/Divorced/widowed 0.19 0.01 0.18 0.20 0.00 1.00
 Health Information Source 2.49 0.01 2.46 2.51 1.00 4.00
Health Literacy Score 243.10 0.86 241.39 244.81 89.74 336.38
  1. aSource: The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) 2003. Respondents 18 years of age and older. N 14,592