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    Quick facts by census metropolitan area, 2011-2012

    Census metropolitan area of Saint John, New Brunswick

    In 2011-2012, residents aged 12 and over of the Saint John census metropolitan area (CMA), reported information related to their health in the Canadian Community Health Survey. A selection of health indicators that provide data for this CMA appear below. The data are also compared to the data for New Brunswick and for Canada (i.e. the national average).

    Comparisons indicate if the difference between estimates is statistically significant (p < 0.05). “Higher” means the difference observed is significantly higher, “lower” means the difference is significantly lower and “similar” means the difference is not statistically significant.

    Well-being

    • Perceived health, very good or excellent: 59.0%; similar to New Brunswick (54.3%); and similar to the national average (59.9%).
    • Perceived mental health, very good or excellent: 69.3%; similar to New Brunswick (68.4%); and similar to the national average (72.2%).
    • Perceived life stress, quite a lot (15 years and over): 19.8%; similar to New Brunswick (18.8%); and similar to the national average (23.2%).

    Health conditions

    • High blood pressure: 17.9%; lower than New Brunswick (22.5%); and similar to the national average (17.5%).
    • Diabetes: 6.8%;Note 1 similar to New Brunswick (8.0%); and similar to the national average (6.3%).
    • Body mass index, self-reported, adult (18 years and over), overweight: 30.4%; similar to New Brunswick (33.6%); and similar to the national average (34.0%).
    • Body mass index, self-reported, adult (18 years and over), overweight or obese: 60.9%; similar to New Brunswick (60.0%); and higher than the national average (52.3%).
    • Body mass index, self-reported, adult (18 years and over), obese: 30.5%; similar to New Brunswick (26.4%); and higher than the national average (18.3%).

    Health behaviours

    • Fruit and vegetable consumption, 5 times or more per day: 29.5%; lower than New Brunswick (33.9%); and lower than the national average (40.5%).
    • Physical activity during leisure-time, moderately active or active: 54.2%; similar to New Brunswick (51.8%); and similar to the national average (53.8%).
    • 5 or more drinks on one occasion, at least once a month in the past year: 22.1%; similar to New Brunswick (20.7%); and similar to the national average (18.2%).
    • Current smoker, daily or occasional: 25.0%; similar to New Brunswick (22.7%); and similar to the national average (20.1%).

    Environmental factors

    • Exposure to second-hand smoke at home: 4.9%;Note 1 similar to New Brunswick (6.3%); and similar to the national average (5.1%).
    • Exposure to second-hand smoke in the past month, in vehicles: 7.0%;Note 1 similar to New Brunswick (8.6%); and similar to the national average (6.4%).

    Personal resources

    • Life satisfaction, satisfied or very satisfied: 94.6%; similar to New Brunswick (93.4%); and similar to the national average (92.3%).
    • Sense of belonging to local community, somewhat strong or very strong: 71.7%; similar to New Brunswick (70.8%); and higher than the national average (65.4%).

    Related summary table

    Health indicator profile by census metropolitan area, two-year period estimates (Saint John (N.B.))


    Notes

    CMA: Area consisting of one or more neighbouring municipalities situated around a core. A census metropolitan area must have a total population of at least 100,000 of which 50,000 or more live in the core.

    1. Use with caution: data with a coefficient of variation (CV) from 16.6% to 33.3%
    2. Data with a coefficient of variation (CV) greater than 33.3% are suppressed due to extreme sampling variability and are too unreliable to be published.
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