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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of Veterans and age, sex, region of residence and income matched general population comparison cohort (n = 152,869)

From: Canadian Veteran chronic disease prevalence and health services use in the five years following release: a matched retrospective cohort study using routinely collected data

Demographic characteristics Veterans
(n = 30,576)
General population
(n = 122,293)
SD VR
Average age in years (SD) 41.9 (10.3) 41.9 (10.3) 0 1
Age categories (years)
 < 30 4,882 (16.0%) 19,475 (15.9%) 0 4.01
 30–39 6,765 (22.1%) 27,098 (22.2%) 0 4
 40–49 10,299 (33.7%) 41,322 (33.8%) 0 3.99
 50 +  8,630 (28.2%) 34,398 (28.1%) 0 4.01
Female sex 4,509 (14.7%) 18,031 (14.7%) 0 4
Region of residence
 Erie St. Clair 497 (1.6%) 1,988 (1.6%) 0 4
 South West 1,199 (3.9%) 4,796 (3.9%) 0 4
 Waterloo Wellington 462 (1.5%) 1,848 (1.5%) 0 4
 Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant 904 (3.0%) 3,616 (3.0%) 0 4
 Central West 227 (0.7%) 908 (0.7%) 0 4
 Mississauga Halton 387 (1.3%) 1,548 (1.3%) 0 4
 Toronto Central 295 (1.0%) 1,180 (1.0%) 0 4
 Central 621 (2.0%) 2,483 (2.0%) 0 4
 Central East 746 (2.4%) 2,984 (2.4%) 0 4
 South East 6,382 (20.9%) 25,523 (20.9%) 0 4
 Champlain 15,215 (49.8%) 60,856 (49.8%) 0 4
 North Simcoe Muskoka 2,374 (7.8%) 9,495 (7.8%) 0 4
 North East 1,115 (3.6%) 4,460 (3.6%) 0 4
 North West 152 (0.5%) 608 (0.5%) 0 4
Median community income quintile
 1 (lowest) 3,358 (11.0%) 13,430 (11.0%) 0 4
 2 5,381 (17.6%) 21,522 (17.6%) 0 4
 3 6,642 (21.7%) 26,567 (21.7%) 0 4
 4 7,914 (25.9%) 31,655 (25.9%) 0 4
 5 (highest) 7,281 (23.8%) 29,119 (23.8%) 0 4
Rurality of residence*
 0–9 17,676 (57.8%) 73,152 (59.8%) 0.04 4.06
 10–30 5,691 (18.6%) 17,275 (14.1%) 0.12 4.99
 31–50 3,972 (13.0%) 24,786 (20.3%) 0.2 2.8
 51 +  3,237 (10.6%) 7,080 (5.8%) 0.18 6.94
  1. SD Standardized differencesn, VR Variance ratio
  2. *increasing values indicate increasing rurality as measured by a combination of population size and access to health resources