Table 2

Adjusted proportions of agreement with Satisfaction with Life Scale items and overall Satisfaction with Life Scale by demographic characteristics, chronic health condition status, select behavioral risk factors, and state—Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Washington, 2010
Characteristic Satisfaction with Life Scale individual items Satisfaction with life
“In most ways my life is close to ideal” “The conditions of my life are excellent” “I am satisfied with my life” “So far I have gotten the important things I want in life” Scale (Overall)
Percent (95% CI) Percent (95% CI) Percent (95% CI) Percent (95% CI) Percent (95% CI)
N 18,339 18,391 18,447 18,394 18,527
Overall 73.1 (71.9, 74.2) 75.8 (74.7, 76.8) 82.7 (81.7, 83.6) 79.7 (78.6, 80.8) 67.8 (66.6, 69.0)
Gender
Male 72.7 (70.9, 74.4) 75.2 (73.4, 76.8) 82.1 (80.5, 83.6) 77.5 (75.8, 79.2) 66.1 (64.2, 67.9)
Female 73.5 (71.9, 75.0) 76.4 (74.9, 77.8) 83.2 (81.8, 84.5) 81.8 (80.4, 83.1) 69.5 (67.8, 71.1)
Age
18–24 75.1 (69.1, 80.3) 79.0 (73.5, 83.7) 85.8 (81.0, 89.6) 79.2 (74.0, 83.7) 71.4 (65.1, 76.9)
25–34 72.1 (68.6, 75.4) 75.1 (71.7, 78.2) 81.6 (78.3, 84.5) 76.9 (73.4, 79.9) 66.5 (62.8, 69.9)
35–44 72.9 (70.3, 75.3) 74.5 (72.0, 76.8) 81.1 (78.8, 83.2) 78.6 (76.2, 80.8) 67.0 (64.4, 69.6)
45–54 69.1 (66.9, 71.2) 71.1 (69.0, 73.2) 79.0 (77.0, 80.8) 78.3 (76.3, 80.2) 62.7 (60.5, 64.9)
55–64 73.3 (71.5, 75.1) 76.2 (74.4, 77.9) 82.7 (81.1, 84.2) 81.4 (79.8, 83.0) 68.0 (66.0, 69.9)
65–74 77.3 (74.8, 79.6) 80.2 (77.9, 82.3) 86.5 (84.5, 88.3) 84.8 (82.4, 86.8) 73.5 (71.0, 75.9)
75 or older 77.9 (74.7, 80.8) 80.8 (77.9, 83.4) 88.3 (85.9, 90.3) 84.6 (81.7, 87.1) 73.5 (70.1, 76.5)
Race/ethnicity
White 72.9 (71.6, 74.1) 75.5 (74.3, 76.7) 82.4 (81.4, 83.5) 80.1 (78.9, 81.2) 67.6 (66.3, 68.9)
Black 65.1 (55.6, 73.6) 76.8 (68.0, 83.7) 79.9 (71.3, 86.4) 71.6 (62.9, 79.0) 65.0 (55.8, 73.2)
Hispanic 79.0 (73.8, 83.5) 78.9 (73.9, 83.2) 88.3 (84.2, 91.5) 82.4 (77.5, 86.4) 73.2 (67.7, 78.1)
Asian/Pacific Islander 71.3 (62.8, 78.5) 75.8 (67.1, 82.8) 79.8 (70.6, 86.7) 68.4 (60.7, 75.2) 61.5 (53.4, 69.0)
American Indian/Alaskan Native 71.5 (59.2, 81.3) 73.8 (62.5, 82.7) 82.3 (72.4, 89.1) 80.8 (71.2, 87.8) 68.3 (56.4, 78.2)
Other 76.8 (65.5, 85.3) 79.1 (69.0, 86.6) 81.4 (71.4, 88.4) 81.6 (71.3, 88.7) 75.0 (63.7, 83.7)
Education
Less than high school 70.2 (64.5, 75.3) 74.0 (69.0, 78.5) 82.0 (77.4, 85.8) 80.7 (76.1, 84.6) 65.3 (59.5, 70.7)
High school graduate 73.2 (71.0, 75.4) 74.8 (72.6, 76.8) 83.7 (81.9, 85.4) 79.1 (77.0, 81.1) 67.4 (65.0, 69.7)
More than high school* 73.3 (71.9, 74.6) 76.3 (75.0, 77.6) 82.3 (81.0, 83.5) 79.9 (78.5, 81.1) 68.1 (66.7, 69.5)
Marital status
Married/living with partner 77.2 (75.9, 78.5) 79.0 (77.7, 80.3) 85.9 (84.8, 86.9) 84.5 (83.3, 85.7) 72.9 (71.5, 74.3)
Divorced/septed 64.6 (61.4, 67.7) 67.4 (64.4, 70.3) 74.6 (71.5, 77.4) 71.2 (68.0, 74.3) 56.7 (53.4, 59.9)
Widowed 70.0 (66.3, 73.4) 72.1 (68.5, 75.4) 79.2 (75.6, 82.4) 76.3 (72.5, 79.7) 62.8 (59.0, 66.4)
Never married 63.2 (59.1, 67.2) 70.4 (66.6, 73.9) 77.2 (73.9, 80.1) 68.8 (65.0, 72.4) 55.1 (50.7, 59.5)
Employment status
Employed 73.2 (71.6, 74.7) 76.5 (75.0, 77.9) 83.8 (82.5, 85.0) 79.9 (78.5, 81.3) 67.7 (66.1, 69.3)
Unemployed/unable to work 65.5 (61.7, 69.0) 66.8 (63.1, 70.3) 74.2 (70.8, 77.2) 73.2 (69.8, 76.4) 58.1 (54.2, 62.0)
Retired 78.4 (76.1, 80.6) 80.2 (77.9, 82.3) 86.3 (84.2, 88.1) 85.0 (82.8, 87.0) 74.4 (72.0, 76.7)
Homemaker/student 74.1 (70.2, 77.7) 77.1 (73.5, 80.4) 84.0 (80.4, 87.0) 80.4 (76.6, 83.7) 69.3 (65.2, 73.2)
Income
< $15,000 68.7 (63.6, 73.4) 66.6 (61.4, 71.4) 79.7 (75.9, 83.0) 72.2 (67.4, 76.6) 60.9 (55.4, 66.1)
$15,000–$19,999 66.5 (60.8, 71.7) 63.9 (57.7, 69.6) 77.7 (72.8, 82.0) 71.6 (66.3, 76.3) 57.1 (50.9, 63.0)
$20,000–$24,999 63.4 (58.8, 67.8) 66.4 (61.9, 70.6) 76.3 (72.1, 80.0) 73.7 (69.5, 77.5) 58.3 (53.6, 62.9)
$25,000–$34,999 65.6 (61.9, 69.1) 68.0 (64.5, 71.4) 77.3 (73.9, 80.4) 75.4 (71.7, 78.7) 60.6 (57.0, 64.2)
$35,000–$49,999 71.1 (68.4, 73.7) 74.8 (72.3, 77.2) 81.8 (79.4, 83.9) 75.5 (72.6, 78.2) 64.1 (61.2, 66.8)
$50,000–$74,999 73.7 (71.0, 76.2) 77.3 (74.9, 79.6) 83.4 (81.2, 85.4) 82.2 (79.7, 84.4) 68.6 (65.9, 71.2)
≥ $75,000 80.4 (78.3, 82.3) 84.2 (82.3, 85.9) 87.9 (86.1, 89.4) 86.6 (84.7, 88.2) 76.3 (74.1, 78.3)
Disability status
Yes 62.9 (60.5, 65.3) 65.4 (63.0, 67.7) 74.0 (71.6, 76.2) 74.2 (72.0, 76.4) 57.2 (54.8, 59.6)
No 76.9 (75.6, 78.2) 79.8 (78.6, 81.0) 86.2 (85.1, 87.2) 81.9 (80.6, 83.0) 71.7 (70.3, 73.0)
Veteran
Yes 71.5 (68.4, 74.5) 74.7 (71.6, 77.6) 81.7 (78.7, 84.4) 78.7 (75.9, 81.2) 65.2 (62.1, 68.3)
No 73.3 (72.1, 74.5) 75.9 (74.8, 77.1) 82.8 (81.7, 83.8) 79.9 (78.7, 81.0) 68.2 (66.9, 69.4)
Chronic health condition
Yes 73.4 (71.2, 75.4) 75.8 (73.8, 77.6) 83.0 (81.3, 84.6) 79.4 (77.5, 81.3) 67.9 (65.6, 70.0)
No 73.0 (71.6, 74.3) 75.8 (74.5, 77.0) 82.5 (81.3, 83.6) 79.8 (78.5, 81.1) 67.8 (66.4, 69.1)
Exercise in past 30 days
Yes 73.7 (72.4, 74.9) 76.2 (74.9, 77.3) 83.2 (82.1, 84.3) 79.9 (78.7, 81.1) 68.2 (66.9, 69.5)
No 70.5 (68, 73.0) 74.2 (71.9, 76.4) 80.4 (78.3, 82.4) 79.0 (76.7, 81.1) 66.0 (63.3, 68.5)
Current smoker
Yes 63 (59.7, 66.2) 67.1 (64.1, 70.1) 77.3 (74.6, 79.8) 72.9 (69.9, 75.7) 58.1 (54.7, 61.3)
No 75 (73.8, 76.2) 77.5 (76.4, 78.7) 83.8 (82.8, 84.9) 81.2 (80.0, 82.3) 69.6 (68.3, 70.9)
Obesity
Normal/underweight 73.1 (71.2, 74.9) 75.5 (73.7, 77.2) 81.8 (80.1, 83.3) 80.1 (78.4, 81.7) 67.5 (65.6, 69.4)
Overweight 74.3 (72.4, 76.1) 77.1 (75.4, 78.8) 84.0 (82.5, 85.5) 80.7 (79.0, 82.3) 69.1 (67.2, 71.0)
Obese 71.6 (69.4, 73.6) 74.5 (72.5, 76.3) 82.1 (80.3, 83.7) 78.0 (75.9, 80.0) 66.4 (64.2, 68.6)
State
New Hampshire 71.6 (69.2, 73.9) 71.8 (69.4, 74.0) 79.6 (77.4, 81.6) 78.4 (76.1, 80.6) 65.6 (63.1, 68.0)
Oregon 73.4 (70.4, 76.2) 76.9 (74.1, 79.4) 83.5 (81.0, 85.8) 81.4 (78.6, 83.8) 69.9 (66.8, 72.8)
Washington 73.2 (71.9, 74.4) 76.0 (74.8, 77.2) 82.8 (81.7, 83.8) 79.3 (78.1, 80.5) 67.4 (66.1, 68.7)

Notes: CI = confidence interval. Percentages are adjusted for the following variables: gender, age, race/ethnicity, education, marital status, employment status, income, disability status, veteran status, chronic health condition, exercise, smoking, obesity, and state. Chronic health conditions include self-reported doctor-diagnosed diabetes, heart attack, angina/coronary heart disease, stroke, and asthma.

*More than high school includes adults with some college or technical school or college graduates.

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